In a historic and unprecedented moment, General Charles Q. Brown Jr. was formally installed as Air Force Chief of Staff on 6 August, 2020, relieving General David L. Goldfein. Bravo Zulu General Brown!
U.S. Air Force ~ ” JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AFNS) — Proclaiming himself ‘proud, yet humbled,’ Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. was officially installed Aug. 6 as the Air Force’s 22nd Chief of Staff, becoming the first African American in history to lead a military service as its highest ranking officer.
In remarks following the formal ‘Change of Responsibility’ ceremony in which he took over from retiring Gen. David L. Goldfein, the 21st Chief of Staff, Brown acknowledged an array of people who influenced his life. Among them were his wife, Sharene, and his parents, as well as a list of Air Force colleagues, including Goldfein and other ‘extraordinary leaders.’
Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett administers the oath of office to incoming Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr.during the CSAF Transfer of Responsibility ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Aug. 6, 2020. Brown is the 22nd Chief of Staff of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Clark)
Yet, cognizant of the moment in history, Brown also noted, ‘Today is possible due to the perseverance of those who went before me serving as an inspiration to me and many others.
‘Those like the Tuskegee Airmen, Benjamin O. Davis Jr., Chappie James, African American leaders across our Air Force and military, past and present, to include today’s special guest, Ed Dwight, America’s first African American astronaut candidate,’ he said.
‘It is due to their trials and tribulations in breaking barriers that I can address you today as the Air Force Chief of Staff.’
Brown, who previously served as commander of Pacific Air Forces, was elevated to his new assignment during a solemn, socially distanced, 90-minute ceremony that focused on his achievements while also honoring Goldfein’s 37-year service in the Air Force and his four years as chief of staff.” ~ U.S. Air Force
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