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Biden Picks Air Force Chief to Become Top U.S. General

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden has picked U.S. Air Force chief General Charles Q. Brown to become America’s next top U.S. military officer, a U.S. official said on Wednesday, in a long-anticipated move that elevates a former fighter pilot with experience in the Pacific at a time of rising tension with China.

Brown, who is expected to easily win Senate confirmation, would be only the second Black officer to become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, after Colin Powell two decades ago.

Biden will formally announce his decision on Thursday, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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