US President Joe Biden has officially announced his choice to succeed General Mark Milley as the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This is Wing Commander Charles Brown, Chief of the Air Staff, whose leadership skills were praised by President Biden.

If the Senate confirms his nomination for a four-year term, 61-year-old Charles Brown will become only the second African-American to head the US National Defense Staff after Colin Powell (1989-1993).

The announcement was made at an event in the Rose Garden of the White House, where President Biden was flanked by General Brown, Vice President Kamala Harris and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. An Indian daughter, Kamala Harris became the first female vice president in the history of the United States. Lloyd Austin is the first African-American to hold the US Department of Defense.

The US president has asked the Senate to approve Brown’s nomination, but the process could be delayed. Republican Sen. Tommy Tamperville has blocked the Pentagon’s appointments since February, arguing that the Defense Department is improperly using taxpayer money to cover the cost of traveling to military personnel who want abortions in states where there is no ban.