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Omaha Steve

(98,461 posts)
Tue Jun 9, 2020, 08:50 PM Jun 2020

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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Senate confirms first black service chief in unanimous vote (Original Post) Omaha Steve Jun 2020 OP
Who were the two that didn't vote? Polybius Jun 2020 #1
Took a minute, but I found 'em The Polack MSgt Jun 2020 #4
✅🇺🇸 underpants Jun 2020 #2
Colin Powell was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff OnlinePoker Jun 2020 #3
Kinda what I was thinking. zipplewrath Jun 2020 #5
It's a different position- It isn't like the Chief Justice of the SC- who is also a serving Justice The Polack MSgt Jun 2020 #7
Thanks for the explanation. n/t OnlinePoker Jun 2020 #10
You know is Trump's gonna be all "I'm not a racist, I nominated a black guy..." about this RockRaven Jun 2020 #6
I thought he was done when he gave that speech The Polack MSgt Jun 2020 #8
I was about to go looking for that clip Maeve Jun 2020 #12
Things may be getting uncomfortable for some of the Good Ol' Boys in blue The Polack MSgt Jun 2020 #9
What's interesting about CMSAF Wright's speech is ... sarge43 Jun 2020 #11
I agree. The Polack MSgt Jun 2020 #13
No one gets that far up the greasy pole ... sarge43 Jun 2020 #14

The Polack MSgt

(13,042 posts)
4. Took a minute, but I found 'em
Tue Jun 9, 2020, 09:32 PM
Jun 2020
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

OnlinePoker

(5,688 posts)
3. Colin Powell was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Tue Jun 9, 2020, 09:15 PM
Jun 2020

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

The Polack MSgt

(13,042 posts)
7. It's a different position- It isn't like the Chief Justice of the SC- who is also a serving Justice
Tue Jun 9, 2020, 09:40 PM
Jun 2020

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

RockRaven

(14,578 posts)
6. You know is Trump's gonna be all "I'm not a racist, I nominated a black guy..." about this
Tue Jun 9, 2020, 09:37 PM
Jun 2020

But good for General Brown, I guess.

The Polack MSgt

(13,042 posts)
9. Things may be getting uncomfortable for some of the Good Ol' Boys in blue
Tue Jun 9, 2020, 09:47 PM
Jun 2020

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

sarge43

(28,926 posts)
11. What's interesting about CMSAF Wright's speech is ...
Wed Jun 10, 2020, 06:30 AM
Jun 2020

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."

The Polack MSgt

(13,042 posts)
13. I agree.
Wed Jun 10, 2020, 07:08 AM
Jun 2020

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

sarge43

(28,926 posts)
14. No one gets that far up the greasy pole ...
Wed Jun 10, 2020, 07:20 AM
Jun 2020

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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