Air Force general says he was told he was not “black enough” by fellow African Americans, endured other instances of racism during an emotional speech regarding his feelings surrounding the death of George Floyd

Update: The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Gen. Charles Brown Jr. as chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, making him the first black officer to lead one of the nation’s military services.


A US Air Force general has come forward to speak about instances of racism he has encountered during his military career and in his life growing up.

“Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander offers his perspective as a senior Air Force leader and African American regarding unrest throughout the U.S. amidst the death of George Floyd,” the Air Force said.

Brown offers tells of his personal and emotion expereiences with racism in the Air Force produced video, which was filmed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Gen. Brown was commissioned in 1984 as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at Texas Tech University. He has served in a variety of positions at the squadron and wing levels, including an assignment to the U.S. Air Force Weapons School as an F-16 Fighting Falcon Instructor. His notable staff tours include Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force; Director, Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff Executive Action Group; and Deputy Director, Operations Directorate, U.S. Central Command.

He also served as a National Defense Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses, Alexandria, Virginia.

Gen. Brown has commanded a fighter squadron, the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, two fighter wings and U.S. Air Forces Central Command. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command.

As a pilot, he has logged more than 2,900 flying hours, including 130 combat hours.

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