White House expected to name Air Force general as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

 May 23, 2023

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley's four year term is set to end in October, and Fox News recently looked at the man who could replace him. 

According to the news network, President Joe Biden has "narrowed the list down to two names: Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr and 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. David Berger."

Brown seen as most likely option

Fox News pointed to unnamed observers as saying that Brown is the most likely candidate and would be the second African American to serve as chairman since Army Gen. Colin Powell took the role in 1980.

What's more, Brown would also become the fifth member of the Air Force to do so. There have thus far been 20 chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff since the position was created in 1942.

Fox News noted that Brown received his fourth star in July of 2018 and has had some 26 assignments over the course of his four-decade career.

Brown put out an emotional video in 2020 following the death of George Floyd in which he discussed experiencing racism while living in "two worlds."

"I also live in as a minority inside the United States Air Force"

He again addressed the subject during a "60 Minutes" interview, saying, "There's a world that I live in as an African American and there's a world that I also live in as a minority inside the United States Air Force."

Meanwhile, the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has faced multiple controversies of his own, including a failure by the military to meet recruiting targets.

Milly was also slammed by Republicans in September of 2021 after Bob Woodward's book "Peril" asserted that he twice called his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army.

Milley called Chinese general during January 6 riot

"General Li, I want to assure you that the American government is stable and everything is going to be OK. We are not going to attack or conduct any kinetic operations against you," Milley was quoted as saying two weeks before the 2020 presidential election.

The second call was made as the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill played out, during which Milley is said to have promised to give a warning before any military action.

"Gen. Li, you and I have known each other for now five years. If we're going to attack, I'm going to call you ahead of time," Milley allegedly told Li.

Milley later confirmed that he had called Li during an appearance before the House Armed Services Committee.

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