Senate confirms 1st African American head of US military service branch

Washington (AFP) - The US Senate confirmed General Charles Brown as Air Force chief of staff, the first African American to ever lead one of the Pentagon's six armed services.Brown, 57, currently commander of the Pacific Air Forces, will become only the second African American to ever serve on the powerful Joint Chiefs of Staff, after former Joint Chiefs chair Colin Powell during 1989-1993.His confirmation, in a unanimous 98-0 vote in the Senate, comes as protests continue around the country over racism and mistreatment of blacks in the wake of the May 25 killing of George Floyd by a white Min...


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