Senate confirms first black service chief in unanimous vote
By LAURIE KELLMAN
WASHINGTON (AP) The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Gen. Charles Brown Jr. as chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, making him the first black officer to lead one of the nations military services.
Vice President Mike Pence took the unusual step of presiding over the vote, something he usually does to break ties. But Browns confirmation, 98-0, was not close. Pence called the moment historic.
The vote came as the Trump administration and the mostly white Senate Republican conference grapple with the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. Protests have convulsed the nation alongside the coronavirus pandemic, with racial discrimination being the common thread between them. The vote in Washington overlapped with Floyds funeral in Houston.
Brown most recently served as the commander of U.S. Pacific Air Forces. He is a fighter pilot, with more than 2,900 flying hours, including 130 in combat.
FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo Charles Q. Brown, Jr., nominated for reappointment to the grade of General and to Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee nominations hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate on Tuesday, June 9, unanimously confirmed Gen. Charles Brown Jr. as chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, making him the first black officer to lead one of the nation's military services. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP, File)
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It doesn't make it easy - You have to go through the rolls to find the small print "No vote"
Any way the 2 were - Benjamin Cardin D, Maryland and Ed Markey, D Mass.
Ed Markey's press release for today states that he introduced 2 bills (regarding Maritime policy) but it is not clear if those were in fact introduced today.
Benjamin Cardin's page also has a press release posted today, but it does not make clear whether he was present in the Senate
Since he outranked all the service chiefs, doesn't that make him the first?
the Air Force Chief (or Army or Naval Chief of Operations) run their respective services.
The Joint Chief works for the President and acts as the conduit between the civilian leadership and the service Chiefs.
No Black Man or Woman has ever led a service and I believe only one person of color has done so - General Shinseki, Army COS
Gen. Powell slid over from his job in the White House as National Security Advisor - He already had a working relationship with Bush - and that's all Bush was looking for in his JCS.
Usually (but not always) one of the sitting chiefs slides in to the JCS slot for 2 years and then retires
But good for General Brown, I guess.
I guess no one told the toxic yam about it
This is a speech from the man who is the CSAF's Senior Enlisted Advisor, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth Wright
he wouldn't have made it unless he had the approval of his superiors.
"It'll have more impact if it comes from you, Chief."
At that level the only accidents that happen are the ones that get you fired. No one get's where he is shooting from the hip
unless they can read the coffee grounds very carefully. CoSAF had his back.
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