General Charles Q. Brown, Jr. (Invited)
General Charles Q. Brown, Jr. is the 21st Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, and the principal military advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense, and National Security Council.
Prior to becoming Chairman on October 1, 2023, General Brown served as the 22nd Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, General Brown earned his commissioned in 1984 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at Texas Tech University.
General Brown has served in a variety of positions at the squadron and wing levels, including an assignment to the U.S. Air Force Weapons School as an F-16 Fighting Falcon Instructor. His notable staff tours include Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and Director of the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff Executive Action Group. His joint assignments include three assignments to U.S. Central Command as Air Operations Officer, Current Operations Division; Deputy Director, Operations Directorate; and Deputy Commander.
General Brown has commanded a ﬁghter squadron, the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, two ﬁghter wings, and twice served as a Combined/Joint Air Component Commander with command tours at U.S. Air Forces Central Command and Paciﬁc Air Forces.
General Brown is a command pilot with more than 3,000 ﬂight hours primarily in the F-16, including 130 combat hours, and has flown 20 additional ﬁxed and rotary-wing aircraft. Throughout his career, he deployed or directly supported Operation Southern Watch, Operation Northern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Odyssey Dawn, Operation Unified Protector, and Operation Inherent Resolve.
In addition to his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas Tech University, General Brown has a master’s degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School, a distinguished graduate from Air Command and Staff College, a graduate of the Air War College, and served as a National Defense Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses.
General Brown and his spouse, Mrs. Sharene Brown, have been married for more than 34 years, and have two sons.