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Lieutenant General Charles Q. Brown Jr.

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CENTCOM Deputy Commander

General Brown was commissioned in 1984 as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at Texas Tech University. He has served in a variety of positions at the squadron and wing level, including an assignment to the U.S. Air Force Weapons School as an F-16 instructor. His notable staff tours include aide-de-camp to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force; Director, Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff Executive Action Group; and Deputy Director, Operations, U.S. Central Command. He also served as a National Defense Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses, Alexandria, Va.

General Brown has commanded a fighter squadron, the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, and two fighter wings.  Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command.

The general is a command pilot with more than 2,900 flying hours, including 120 combat hours.