Texas Tech University

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General CQ Brown, Jr. to Speak at Rawls Diversity Symposium

Paul Tubbs

November 7, 2022

The Texas Tech alumnus will share his story in observation of Veterans Day.

For the first time since being named Chief of Staff for the U.S. Air Force, Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. will be returning to his alma mater Texas Tech University, as a special guest for the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business  8th Annual Rawls Diversity Symposium.

Members of the Texas Tech and Lubbock community are invited to celebrate Veterans Day and gain leadership insights from Gen. Brown as he shares his story during an exclusive conversation with Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec on Friday (Nov. 11) from 3-4 pm at the Student Union Building's Allen Theatre.

Brown was named Air Force Chief of Staff in 2020 and is charged with the organization, training and equipping of 689,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the U.S. and around the globe. His duties also entail serving as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, advisor to the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council as well as the President of the United States.

Brown graduated from Texas Tech in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and was commissioned as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program. Texas Tech named him a distinguished alumnus in 2012. Brown has served in a variety of positions during his time in the U.S. Air Force, including an assignment to the U.S Air Force Weapons School as a flight instructor for F-16 Fighting Falcons; 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; Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command. Brown also served as National Defense Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses. 

Other accomplishments for Brown include commanding a fighter squadron, the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, two fighter wings and U.S. Air Forces Central Command. Brown also was the commander of Pacific Air Forces, Air Component Commander for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command prior to being named Chief of Staff. He has logged more than 2,900 flying hours with 130 combat hours.

Margaret L. Williams, dean of the Rawls College of Business says the opportunity to have Brown back on campus to speak to the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities is a tribute to what makes the Texas Tech experience so exceptional.

“We are grateful to Gen. Brown for spending time with us at Texas Tech and in the Lubbock community,” said Williams. “His journey to military leadership is an inspirational story and a true testament to the university's tagline, ‘From Here, It's Possible™.'”

The event at the Allen Theatre is free and open to the public.