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Immediate Release

Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the Confirmation of General Charles Q. Brown, Jr. as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

"I want to congratulate General Charles Q. Brown, Jr., on his confirmation as our nation's next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He will be a tremendous leader of our joint force and I look forward to working with him in his new capacity. I also want to thank General Milley, his wife Hollyanne and the entire Milley family for their selfless, decades-long service to this nation.

"I also want to thank Leader Schumer for filing cloture on three of our highly-qualified military nominees today. Senator Tuberville's continued hold on hundreds of our nation's military leaders endangers our national security and military readiness. It is well past time to confirm the over 300 other military nominees. The brave men and women of the U.S. military deserve to be led by highly-qualified general and flag officers at this critical moment for our national security. And their families, who also sacrifice so much every day on our behalf, deserve certainty and our nation's unwavering support. I will continue to personally engage with members of Congress in both parties until all of these well-qualified, apolitical officers are confirmed."