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."
FIRST BLACK DEFENSE SECRETARY: Ret. Gen. Lloyd Austin was sworn in as Secretary of Defense, after the Senate confirmed him with a vote of 93-2, making him the first African American to lead the Pentagon. @DavidMuir reports.
THE LATEST: For the first time in history, the United States will have an African American leading the Pentagon.
The Senate has joined the House in approving a waiver to allow retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to serve as secretary of defense, paving the way for his confirmation as the first African American Pentagon chief
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.