General Charles Q. Brown, Jr. Named 2020 Great American Patriot Award Recipient

FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 18, 2020) – General Charles Q. Brown, Jr., the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, has been chosen as the recipient of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Great American Patriot Award. Presented annually by Armed Forces Insurance at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, the Great American Patriot Award honors a candidate in recognition of their exemplary service to the United States.

Gen. Brown joins a prestigious group of previous Great American Patriot Award recipients that includes General Mark Welsh, Admiral William McRaven, General Peter Pace, Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, Medal of Honor Recipient Salvatore Giunta, General Norton A. Schwartz, Congresswoman Kay Granger, Team Rubicon and Staff Sergeant David Bellavia among others.

“General C.Q. Brown is truly a great American patriot, as he has served with honor and distinction while rising to the highest rank and position in the United States Air Force,” Lt Gen Sid Clarke, US Air Force, Retired, Chairman, Armed Forces Insurance said. “Throughout his career, he has excelled in everything he has attempted, including master fighter aviation and the halls of the Pentagon. Serving in both hemispheres, he has always led with pride, dignity and a great deal of respect for his fellow military members. He always gives credit to his fellow Airmen and continues to demonstrate a level of care for not only those serving with him, but their families as well. Armed Forces Insurance is very proud to present this year’s Great American Patriot Award to General Brown.”

As CSAF, Gen. Brown serves as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipping of 685,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the general and other service chiefs function as military advisers to the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council and the President.

Gen. 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 levels, including an assignment to the U.S. Air Force Weapons School as an F-16 Fighting Falcon 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 Commander, U.S. Central Command. He also served as a National Defense Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses, Alexandria, Virginia.

Gen. Brown has commanded a fighter squadron, the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, two fighter wings and U.S. Air Forces Central Command. Prior to serving as the Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Brown was the commander of Pacific Air Forces, Air Component Commander for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.

Gen. Brown is a command pilot with more than 2,900 flying hours, including 130 combat hours.

Candidates for the Great American Patriot Award must be of high moral fiber and good character, having spent their lives and/or careers serving the common good of the United States. They should have gone beyond the call of duty to serve and protect this country, with proven dedication and loyalty in upholding the Constitution and the laws of the nation. Finally, the award winner should have worked tirelessly to make the U.S. a better and safer place for all its citizens.

The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, played in honor of the Armed Forces of the United States, is the only collegiate football bowl game that has hosted all three U.S. Military Academy football teams – Air Force (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2015), Army (2010, 2017, 2018) and Navy (2013, 2016). The bowl has featured the “armed forces” theme since 2006. Patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of the service are prevalent throughout the game.

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