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Gen. Charles Brown Confirmed as First Black to Head U.S. Military Service Branch

Gen. Charles Brown has been confirmed by the Senate as Air Force chief of staff, making him the first African American to ever lead one of the six branches of the armed forces.

Brown, 57, confirmed Tuesday in a unanimous Senate vote of 98-0, will be only the second African American to ever serve on the powerful Joint Chiefs of Staff, after former Chair Colin Powell from 1989-1993.

President Donald Trump cheered the confirmation.

“A historic day for America! Excited to work even more closely with Gen. Brown, who is a Patriot and Great Leader!” Trump tweeted.

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