- An African American has been confirmed as the United States' 22nd Air Force chief of staff
- General Charles Q Brown Jr was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday, June 9
- He becomes the first black military service chief and the second black officer to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff
General Charles Q Brown Jr has been confirmed by the Senate as the 22nd Air Force chief of staff in the United States on Tuesday, June 9.
The army general has made history by becoming the first black military service chief and the second black officer to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, ABC News reports.
Legit.ng notes that in a tweet, President Donald Trump described the army chief as a patriot and great leader, with whom he is excited to work even more closely.
The US president called the 98-0 Senate vote "a historic day for America".
Brown succeeds General David Goldfein, who is expected to retire later this year.
Goldfein said the Air Force will be in good hands under Brown's leadership.
In other news, Ella Jones has made history by becoming the first African-American and first woman to be elected mayor in Ferguson, Missouri.
She was elected mayor on Tuesday, June 2, nearly six years after the city erupted in protests after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, a black teenager.
After her victory, the 65-year-old woman promised to work hard because more would be required of her.
She said: “I’ve got work to do — because when you’re an African-American woman, they require more of you than they require of my counterpart."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported a 16-year-old Nigerian identified as Oyebola Ajayi-Bembe has bagged presidential scholarship into 20 notable universities in the United States.
The disclosure was made during a high school graduation ceremony held recently in New Jersey.
The teenager described her success as a product of hard work, dedication, focus and steadfastness. Oyebola was the only female in the selected category who took the second position after a Chinese.
She was offered admission on a scholarship basis into Teacher’s College of New Jersey, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Norwich University, Bloomfield College, St. Benedict College, MonteClaire State University, New Jersey City University and 13 other universities in the US.
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