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South China Sea Watch, Pasay, Philippines - May 2019: Charles Q. Brown Jr. Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., commander of the U.S. Pacific Air Force talks to a select group of journalists during the course of his visit to the Philippines in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. Gen. Brown said U.S. Air Force fighter jets patrol the South China Sea daily to foster freedom of overflight although they're not as visible as Navy patrols in the disputed waters.

Gen. Charles Q. Brown, the current commander of Pacific Air Forces, has been nominated to succeed Gen. David L. Goldfein as the next Air Force chief of staff. If confirmed by the Senate, Brown would become the first African American to hold the highest military rank of any armed service and serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

A 35-year veteran, Brown joined the Air Force in 1984 upon graduating from Texas Tech University with a degree in civil engineering, where he also earned his commission through the school’s ROTC program. He has more than 2,900 flying hours – to include 130 combat hours – mostly as an F-16 pilot.


Prior commands include a fighter squadron, two fighter wings, and U.S. Air Forces Central Command. Before moving to his job as commander at Pacific Air Forces, he served as deputy commander of U.S. Central Command.