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Thu Aug 6, 2020, 02:53 PM

Gen. Charles Q. Brown takes over Air Force, makes history as first Black service branch chief

Source: Washington Post

Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown became the new chief of staff of the Air Force on Thursday, making history as the first Black chief of a military service and acknowledging the significance to himself and others.

“This is a very historic day for our nation, and I do not take this moment lightly,” Brown said, speaking in a hangar at Joint Base Andrews. “Today is possible due to the perseverance of those who went before me, serving as an inspiration to me and so many others.”

Brown cited as examples the Tuskegee Airmen, an all-Black unit of fighter pilots in World War II; Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr., who commanded them and went on to become a general; Brig. Gen. Charles McGee, one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen; and Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Jr., the first Black four-star general in U.S. military history.

Seated in the audience as a special guest was Edward Dwight Jr., a former Air Force test pilot who became the nation’s first African American astronaut candidate. Brown called him “quite an inspiration."

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2020/08/06/gen-charles-cq-brown-takes-over-air-force-makes-history-first-black-service-branch-chief/

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Reply Gen. Charles Q. Brown takes over Air Force, makes history as first Black service branch chief (Original post)
Calista241 Aug 6 OP
sarge43 Aug 6 #1
tom_kelly Aug 6 #2
sarge43 Aug 6 #3
abqtommy Aug 6 #4
iluvtennis Aug 6 #5
Clash City Rocker Aug 6 #6
DFW Aug 7 #7

Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu Aug 6, 2020, 03:43 PM

1. Further, the senior enlisted advisor to the AF Chief of Staff is Black

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (CMSAF) Kaleth Wright is the ranking enlisted in the USAF.

Go Zoomers.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 6, 2020, 04:57 PM

2. Brings back a memory

Of meeting CMSAF Pfingston who was visiting my base in 1990. He came to the NCO club that night and partied with us - our usual crowd of E1 - E4’s. Actually cut-in on my dance with a lady. What a fun night it was

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Response to tom_kelly (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 6, 2020, 05:02 PM

3. Get that far up the greasy pole and you've earned some party time.

Sounds like a down to earth noncom.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu Aug 6, 2020, 05:11 PM

4. About damn time...

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu Aug 6, 2020, 05:45 PM

5. Very nice! Congrats General Charles "CQ" Brown. nt

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu Aug 6, 2020, 11:43 PM

6. And the Secretary of the Air Force is a woman

Barbara Barrett Is her name. So it looks like there’s some diversity in leadership of the Air Force, which is a good thing.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Fri Aug 7, 2020, 12:53 AM

7. The father of a good friend of ours was a Sec. of the Navy that Nixon hated

He was the first to allow women and blacks to become officers, and Nixon hated him for it. The rank and file loved him, of course. He was white, but he broke a lot of ground for those that came after him

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