Praising his leadership and even his culinary skills, President Joe Biden on Thursday formally announced his nomination of Air Force chief General Charles Q. Brown as the top U.S. military officer, making the choice at a time of mounting American concern over security threats posed by Russia and China.
“General Brown has built a reputation across the force as an unflappable and highly effective leader, as someone who creates an environment of teamwork, trust and then executes with excellence – and someone who smokes a mean brisket,” Biden said during his White House Rose Garden announcement.
Officials on Wednesday disclosed Biden’s selection of Brown for a four-year stint as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, succeeding outgoing Army General Mark Milley. Brown would take the post at a time when the United States is providing billions of dollars in military equipment to Ukraine after Russia’s invasion last year and is keeping a close watch on China’s stance toward Taiwan.
If confirmed by the Senate, Brown would become only the second Black officer to hold the job after Colin Powell, who served in the position from 1989 to 1993.
Biden, running for re-election next year, was flanked by Brown, Vice...