A new Air Force era begins as ‘CQ’ Brown, the nation’s first Black service chief, assumes command

Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown assumed command of the Air Force as its 22nd chief of staff Thursday in a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
Brown succeeded Gen. Dave Goldfein, the chief of staff since 2016, who retired at the ceremony.
Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett oversaw the symbolic passing of the flag, marking the change of leadership from Goldfein to Brown, with Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth Wright holding the flag. Barrett then swore in Brown, with his wife, Sharene, holding the traditional Bible used to swear in chiefs of staff since Gen. Carl Spaatz.


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