GEN Brown Cares More for Promotion and Pay for Generals Than About the Country
At confirmation hearings this past week to possibly become Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, GEN Charles Brown warned Republicans to not hold up promotion lists because “We will lose talent.”[i] He provided little discussion regarding the issues for delaying the promotion list.
Commissioned in 1984 as an F-16 pilot with over 3,000 flying hours, many in combat, Brown rose through the ranks of the Air Force. By all accounts, he had a very successful career…to a point. In 2020, he became the USAF’s first Black service chief. It is said that a commander is responsible for all his/her unit does and fails to do. So, what exactly has GEN Brown presided over during his tenure as the Chief of Staff of the Air Force?
“Using Air Force lexicon, I would say we’re doing a dead stick landing as we come into the end of fiscal 22, and we’re going to need to turn around on the first of October and do an afterburner takeoff,” he told reporters at the Air and Space Force Association’s annual conference in National Harbor, Md. “We’re going to be starting fiscal 23 behind by about 5,000 recruits on the active-duty side alone. We usually start with a pool of 25-to-27% [of our goal for the year]. That bank is down to about 10%, so we’re going to be starting 2023 In a tougher position than we started 2022.”[iv]
As the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Brown is responsible for all of this…and he now wants to be quickly confirmed as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff?
Biden praises Brown, which should evoke caution. “With Gen. Brown as chairman, I know I’ll be able to rely on his advice as a military strategist and as a leader of military innovation, dedicated to keeping our armed forces the best in the world,” Biden said.”[v]
As an ominous warning, GEN Mark Milley also heaps praise on GEN Brown. ““I’ve known CQ, like Secretary Austin has, for a long time. He’s a great officer, in my view, personal view. He has all the knowledge and skills attributes to do this job. And he has the appropriate demeanor and chemistry,” Milley told reporters. “CQ is absolutely superb and I’m looking forward to a speedy confirmation.”[vi] Remember Milley is the general who likely committed treason by consorting with enemy Chinese generals behind the Commander in Chief’s back. Milley is the one who defended CRT in the military. Milley is the one who was Biden’s advisor during the Afghanistan withdrawal. As a failed general and possible traitor, Milley’s advice must be taken with supreme caution. Is the “chemistry” Milley speaks of embracement of CRT?
Brown is undoubtedly a fantastic pilot and for a time in his career he was likely a fantastic officer, rightfully promoted up the ranks. However, during his tenure as Chief of Staff of the Air Force, he has betrayed his true motives as a senior officer to focus on social justice and not on national security, winning wars, or serving the US Constitution. This is problematic for obvious reasons.
The US military hasn’t won a major war in 78 years and is failing to meet its recruitment goals. Its hyperfocus on CRT indoctrination places it in the middle of the culture war engulfing America. Brown has demonstrated little more than embracement of Biden and Milley’s disastrous policies for the military. With the dangers facing the world today, can America afford another 4 years of woke military leadership? If the talent Brown wants to retain is woke, then America can do without such ‘leaders’ in the US military. The military has failed to fix itself for the past few years. If it cannot do so on its own, then perhaps politicians can try and the way they try is by holding up promotion lists and defense budgets. Senior military leaders brought this on themselves. Brown’s promotion can wait. National security is far more important than one person’s career.
John Hughes, MD
Veteran of Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan
[iv] “Using Air Force lexicon, I would say we’re doing a dead stick landing as we come into the end of fiscal 22, and we’re going to need to turn around on the first of October and do an afterburner takeoff,” he told reporters at the Air and Space Force Association’s annual conference in National Harbor, Md. “We’re going to be starting fiscal 23 behind by about 5,000 recruits on the active duty side alone. We usually start with a pool of 25-to-27% [of our goal for the year]. That bank is down to about 10%, so we’re going to be starting 2023 In a tougher position than we started 2022.”