Senators on Tuesday confirmed General Charles Brown as the first African-American leader of the United States military service, endorsing his appointment as President Trump’s Air Force chief.
Vice President Mike Pence led the confirmation vote in his rarely used role as chairman of the Senate.
“Days are 98, days are zero. Gen. Charles K. It is confirmed that Brown Jr. has been historically nominated as the United States Air Force Chief, ”Pence said.
Trump Tweeted: “My decision to appoint US Force General Charles Brown as the first African American military service chief in the United States has now been approved by the Senate. A historic day for America! What a pleasure to work closely with General Brown, a patriot and great leader! “
Brown’s confirmation following a week-long nationwide demonstration against police brutality and racial discrimination after the killing of Minnesota policeman Derek Sauvard’s George Floyd, kneeling for nearly nine minutes until he died.
In response to Floyd’s death, Democrats unveiled a large set of police reforms on Monday and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) On Tuesday in South Carolina’s African-American Senate. Republicans, led by Tim Scott, said they are preparing a separate plan.
The General’s confirmation following an honest video posted by Brown last week on unrest after Floyd’s death. In the video, Brown reflected on his own experiences with discrimination, and said he was “angry not just for George Floyd but for many different African Americans, just like George Floyd.”
“I’m thinking of my teammates wearing the same air pants with the same wings on the same chest, and then by another military member. Why are you a pilot?” I’m being questioned. ” Brown. Said in the video. He added: “I’m thinking about being a captain [officers] Join my brigade and I am told by other African Americans that I am not black enough to spend more time with my regiment than I am with them. “
Brown joined the Air Force in the 1980s, most recently serving as commander of the Pacific Air Force.
Other African-Americans have held high positions within the military, but Brown is the first leader of a particular branch.
General Colin Powell was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1989 to 1993. Clifford Alexander, the first African American civilian leader in the military service, was military secretary from 1977 to 1981.
Large demonstrations outside the White House last week included soldiers allegedly discriminating against the military. “US Air Force Should Solve Racial Inequality,” Read a sign At Lafayette Park.
Chen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) previously held a “hold” in Brown’s nomination to hold Air Force pressure on the base of KC-46 aerial refueling tankers at the Eelson Air Force Base in Alaska. Sullivan The grip was raised Last week.