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Tue Jun 9, 2020, 09:50 PM

Senate confirms first black service chief in unanimous vote

Source: AP

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 nation’s military services.

Vice President Mike Pence took the unusual step of presiding over the vote, something he usually does to break ties. But Brown’s 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 Floyd’s 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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Reply Senate confirms first black service chief in unanimous vote (Original post)
Omaha Steve Jun 2020 OP
Polybius Jun 2020 #1
The Polack MSgt Jun 2020 #4
underpants Jun 2020 #2
OnlinePoker Jun 2020 #3
zipplewrath Jun 2020 #5
The Polack MSgt Jun 2020 #7
OnlinePoker Jun 2020 #10
RockRaven Jun 2020 #6
The Polack MSgt Jun 2020 #8
Maeve Jun 2020 #12
The Polack MSgt Jun 2020 #9
sarge43 Jun 2020 #11
The Polack MSgt Jun 2020 #13
sarge43 Jun 2020 #14

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jun 9, 2020, 10:04 PM

1. Who were the two that didn't vote?

Usual suspects who constantly miss like Rubio?

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Response to Polybius (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 9, 2020, 10:32 PM

4. Took a minute, but I found 'em

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/116-2020/s115


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

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jun 9, 2020, 10:06 PM

2. ✅🇺🇸

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jun 9, 2020, 10:15 PM

3. Colin Powell was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Since he outranked all the service chiefs, doesn't that make him the first?

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Response to OnlinePoker (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 9, 2020, 10:37 PM

5. Kinda what I was thinking.

Somebody is splittin' some hairs here to make a headline.

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Response to OnlinePoker (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 9, 2020, 10:40 PM

7. It's a different position- It isn't like the Chief Justice of the SC- who is also a serving Justice

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

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Response to The Polack MSgt (Reply #7)

Tue Jun 9, 2020, 11:21 PM

10. Thanks for the explanation. n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jun 9, 2020, 10:37 PM

6. You know is Trump's gonna be all "I'm not a racist, I nominated a black guy..." about this

But good for General Brown, I guess.

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Response to RockRaven (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 9, 2020, 10:43 PM

8. I thought he was done when he gave that speech

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Response to The Polack MSgt (Reply #8)

Wed Jun 10, 2020, 07:42 AM

12. I was about to go looking for that clip

Thought I recognized him!

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Response to RockRaven (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 9, 2020, 10:47 PM

9. Things may be getting uncomfortable for some of the Good Ol' Boys in blue

This is a speech from the man who is the CSAF's Senior Enlisted Advisor, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth Wright

https://www.stripes.com/news/air-force/air-force-s-top-enlisted-leader-speaks-out-on-black-rage-urges-change-1.632076

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Response to The Polack MSgt (Reply #9)

Wed Jun 10, 2020, 07:30 AM

11. What's interesting about CMSAF Wright's speech is ...

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."

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #11)

Wed Jun 10, 2020, 08:08 AM

13. I agree.

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

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Response to The Polack MSgt (Reply #13)

Wed Jun 10, 2020, 08:20 AM

14. No one gets that far up the greasy pole ...

unless they can read the coffee grounds very carefully. CoSAF had his back.

Be advised: Working class Zoomers are not happy, especially black ones. When they're not happy, ...

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