WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Joe Biden formally announced his intention to nominate Air Force General Charles “CQ” Brown to be the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  If confirmed by the Senate Armed Services Committee and the full U.S. Senate, General Brown would serve as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, replacing General Mark Milley, whose four-year term comes to an end this fall.

General Brown, who currently serves as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, is a former fighter pilot who was commissioned as an officer in 1984, and went on to command a fighter squadron and two fighter wings, as well as U.S. air forces under Central Command and Indo-Pacific Command.  In 2020, the U.S. Senate voted 98-0 to confirm him to his current post, as Chief of Staff for the Air Force.

Today, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, stated:

“General Brown is a remarkable leader and an exceptional choice to serve as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  General Brown has the experience, ethos, talent, and skill this job demands. 

“I am confident General Brown will offer independent, thoughtful advice to the President and members of Congress. 

“General Brown has served the nation admirably for nearly four decades.  He is a trailblazer.  I look forward to convening a confirmation hearing to discuss his vision for addressing key challenges and leading our military into the future.

“America needs highly-qualified, effective leaders like General Brown.  I hope my colleagues in the Senate will review and consider this nomination based on the merits.”