He United States Senate ratified this Wednesday the general of the Charles Q. Brown Jr. Air Force like the next chief of the General Staff setdespite the prolonged opposition of the Republican senator Tommy Tuberville from Alabama.
General Brown, born in 1962 and known in the Pentagon Due to his methodical and calculating nature, he will assume command of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the midst of two main conflict scenarios: the war in ukraine and the increase in China’s activity in the Indo-Pacificamid Beijing’s sovereign claims over Taiwan.
The vote in the US Senate, which recorded 83 votes in favor and 11 against, marked significant progress in resolving a prominent dispute. However, uncertainty still remains for 316 generals and officers whose promotions are still on hold.
During the last months, Tuberville has opposed all of these military promotions of different ranks to try to force the Pentagon to reverse its policy of granting time off and defraying expenses for women in the armed forces who travel to undergo tests. abortions and other treatments reproductive freedom.
Tubervilleformer football coach and committee member Senate Armed Serviceshas forced nominations to be dealt with individually rather than following the usual block approval procedure, which has resulted in delays in the process.
The military designations must have the approval of the Senatewhere Democrats occupy 48 seats as of last January, Republicans have 49, and there are three independent senators with progressive leanings.
The Senate is also expected to confirm the general this Thursday Eric Smith of the Marine Corps and to the general Randy George of the Army as heads of the Mayor state of their respective divisions.
“These three honorable men will finally be able to assume their positions (…) And the abortion policy that Senator Tuberville abhors will remain in force. “He will not have achieved anything,” he said this Wednesday. Chuck SchumerDemocratic majority leader and senator from New York.
Charles Q. Brown Jr., who will succeed Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, will join President Biden’s top military advisory council later this month.
In March, the Pentagon implemented a policy that provides paid leave and travel expense reimbursement to service members who need to travel out of state to access reproductive health services, regardless of the legality in their duty station location.
Brown has been serving as head of the Air Force since August 2020 after having served as deputy commander of the United States Central Command, the CENTCOMresponsible for the military operations Americans from the Horn of Africa to the Persian Gulf and, above all, the command of the Pacific Air Forces, among other positions of responsibility.
(With information from Europa Press and EFE)