Lloyd James Austin III (born August 8, 1953) is an American retired four-star general. He is the 28th and current United States Secretary of Defense since 2021. He was an Army officer and was the 12th commander of United States Central Command (CENTCOM). Austin was the first Black commander of CENTCOM.
|28th United States Secretary of Defense|
|Assumed office |
January 22, 2021
|Preceded by||Mark Esper|
|Commander of United States Central Command|
March 22, 2013 – March 30, 2016
|Preceded by||Jim Mattis|
|Succeeded by||Joseph Votel|
Lloyd James Austin III
August 8, 1953
Mobile, Alabama, U.S.
|Education||United States Military Academy (BS)|
Auburn University (MA)
Webster University (MBA)
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1975–2016|
|Battles/wars||Global War on Terrorism|
On December 7, 2020, Austin was nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to be Secretary of Defense. His nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 22, 2021 which made him the first Black Secretary of Defense in American history.
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- Cooper, Helene; Martin, Jonathan (2020-12-08). "Biden Plans to Tap Lloyd Austin, Former Iraq Commander, as Defense Secretary". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
- O’brien, Connor. "Austin confirmed as first Black defense secretary". POLITICO. Retrieved 2021-01-22.