BREAKING: Senate Approves Trump Appointment for First Black Military Chief

Tuesday morning President Trump tweeted:

My decision to appoint @usairforce General Charles Brown as the USA’s first-ever African American military service chief has now been approved by the Senate.

A historic day for America! Excited to work even more closely with Gen. Brown, who is a Patriot and Great Leader!

WashingtonExaminer reports the Senate unanimously voted to confirm Gen. Charles Brown Jr. as chief of staff of the Air Force, making history on Tuesday.

With 98 “yes” votes, Brown, who is the commander of Pacific Air Forces, will become the first black chief of a U.S. military service branch.

Vice President Mike Pence made a rare appearance in the upper chamber to preside over the vote.

The president tweeted a few minutes before the confirmation was official. “A historic day for America! Excited to work even more closely with Gen. Brown, who is a Patriot and Great Leader!” he said.

As Air Force chief of staff, Brown will have a seat in the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Brown, who was commissioned in 1984 as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at Texas Tech University, later became a commander of a fighter squadron. According to his Air Force biography page, Brown has more than 2,900 flying hours, including 130 combat hours.

Prior to his current assignment, he served as the deputy commander of U.S. Central Command.

In an emotional video, Brown spoke about his experience in the Air Force as a black man and his thoughts about the recent death of George Floyd while in police custody.

“I’m thinking about my Air Force career, where I was often the only African American in my squadron, or as a senior officer, the only African American in the room. I’m thinking about wearing the same flight suit with the same wings on my chest as my peers and then being questioned by another military member, ‘Are you a pilot?'”