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.

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.”

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