Air Force Fighter Pilot Named Next Joint Chiefs Chairman

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force fighter pilot tapped to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff got his call sign by ejecting from a burning F-16 fighter jet high above the Florida Everglades and falling into the watery sludge below.

It was January 1991, and then-Capt.

CQ Brown Jr. had just enough time in his parachute above alligator-full wetlands.

He landed in the muck, which coated his body.

That’s how the man nominated to be the country’s next top military officer got his call sign: “Swamp Thing.”

President Joe Biden announced he was nominating Brown for the chairman’s job during a Rose Garden event on Thursday.

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