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#OpenlyBlack Day 19: Retired four-star Army general, and Secretary of Defense, @LloydAustin . As the first Black Sec. of Defense, Lloyd Austin has worked to restore order to the Pentagon’s policy making process and fight for the use of civilian voices in that process.

Retired 4-star Army general Lloyd Austin was confirmed last month as 28th @LloydAustin . Before Secretary Austin became the 1st Black SecDef, he was the 1st Black general to comm @USArmynd  a division in combat. More on this history-making leade @GotYourSix  via

Retired Army General Lloyd Austin made history by becoming America’s first Black defense secretary after the Senate voted overwhelmingly in his favor

As he tackles extremism, Lloyd Austin draws on military’s experience dealing with 1995 racially motivated murders. I was an assistant secretary of the Army then. The Army with leaders like Lloyd Austin & Jack Kean took swift action to remove extremists.

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby on Retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin becoming the first African American defense secretary: “It speaks to the value that a diverse military brings to the defense of the country."

The move to reverse the policy has the support of Biden’s newly confirmed defense secretary, retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, who spoke of the need to overturn it during his Senate confirmation hearing last week.

Retired U.S. Army Gen. Lloyd Austin took over as the first Black Pentagon chief shortly after being confirmed 93-2 by the Senate.

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Lloyd J. Austin, an Auburn alumnus who was born in Mobile, Alabama, was sworn in today by VP Kamala Harris. Austin, a retired four-star Army general, is the nation's first Black secretary of defense. He won Senate confirmation last week: 📸 @SenKamalaHarris 

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On Friday, the US Senate confirmed President Biden’s selection for Defense Secretary, retired four-star Army General Lloyd Austin. Austin, a who led US Central Command from 2013 through 2016, will be the first black American to serve as Defense Secretary.

Lloyd J Austin, a West Point graduate who rose to the Army's elite ranks and marched through racial barriers in a 41-year career, won Senate confirmation Friday to become the nation's first Black secretary of defence. #ITCard  #LloydAustin 

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Retired U.S. Army Gen. Lloyd Austin took over as the first Black Pentagon chief shortly after being confirmed 93-2 by the Senate.

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BREAKING: The Senate confirms Biden nominee Lloyd Austin, a retired Army general, as the first Black defense secretary

Lloyd Austin, recently retired Army general Biden nominated for secretary of defense, says he will “rid our ranks of racists and extremists and commit to a climate where everyone fit and willing to serve” can.

Biden formally announces retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin as his pick to lead the Pentagon. If confirmed, Austin would make history as the first Black Secretary of Defense.

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NEW: President-elect Joe Biden formally introduces retired four-star Army Gen. Lloyd Austin as his nominee as secretary of Defense. If confirmed, Austin would be the first African American to helm the Pentagon.

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JUST IN: President-elect Joe Biden has selected retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin to be his secretary of defense, a source says. If confirmed, he would be the first Black man to lead the Defense Department.

BREAKING: Biden to nominate retired Army general Lloyd Austin as defense secretary, the first Black man to hold the role

BREAKING: President-elect Joe Biden has selected retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin to be his secretary of defense, a source tells CNN. If confirmed, he would be the first Black man to lead the Defense Department

BIDEN's reported pick for Defense Secretary, retired Army General LLOYD J. AUSTIN III, is a member of a private equity fund that invests in defense contractors, & boasts its members’ “access, network & expertise” are an advantage in government contracting.

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