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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

The Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as the country's first Black Pentagon chief.

Kamala Harris, the nation’s first Black woman and South Asian American vice president, ceremoniously swore in the U.S.’s first Black secretary of defense, Lloyd J. Austin III, on January 25, 2021.

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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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Lloyd Austin is sworn in as the first Black secretary of defense by VP Harris on Monday. 📷 Evan Vucci / AP

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as Lloyd Austin becomes the 1st black Secretary of Defense @nickschifrin  reports on glaring lack of black officers "Black service members are 16% of the military, but only 8% of officers. White service members are 55% of military, but 72% of officers."

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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Lloyd J. Austin, an Auburn alumnus who was born in Mobile, Alabama, won Senate confirmation Friday to become the nation's first Black secretary of defense:

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.

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Senate confirms Lloyd Austin to lead Pentagon in the Biden administration, making him the nation’s first Black defense secretary

Gen. Lloyd Austin, who would be the first black Secretary of Defense, spoke of Henry O. Flipper who became the first African-American cadet to graduate from West Point. Both Austin and Flipper are from Thomasville, Georgia. Flipper was born into slavery on March 21, 1856.

JUST IN: Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as secretary of defense, becoming the first Black person to serve in the role. More:

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Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to lead Pentagon, making him nation's first Black secretary of defense.

BREAKING: Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to lead Pentagon, making him nation's first Black secretary of defense.

JUST IN: Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as secretary of defense, becoming the first Black person to serve in the role.

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.

Biden selects retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as defense secretary, a source familiar says. He'd be the first Black man to lead the Pentagon.

"I'm all in favor of including more black and brown faces. I just don't understand why we have to include the arms industry." My mini-rant on Biden's pick for SecDef, Lloyd Austin, a board member at Raytheon, which makes $$$ out of Saudi & the Yemen war:

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

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