Gen. Charles Q. Brown is set to become the first black person to hold a chief of staff position in any of the military branches. Currently the commander of Pacific Air Forces, Brown is an experienced F-16 combat pilot and will step into the role this summer when Gen. Dave Goldfein retires. “I am truly honored and humbled by the nomination to serve as the Air Force’s 22nd chief of staff,” commented Brown. Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett also spoke on the nomination, praising Brown’s leadership abilities and unmatched strategic vision. While he still must be confirmed for the position, it is highly anticipated that he will be accepted.