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President Joe Biden on Wednesday will make his first trip to the Pentagon since taking office and will speak to the significance of having the first African American in the nation's history serving as secretary of defense, according to the White House.

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.

By a vote of 93-2, the Senate confirmed Lloyd Austin as Defense Secretary - the first African American to head the Pentagon. Earlier, by a vote of 84-10, the Senate confirmed Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence - the first woman to head the intelligence community.

Incoming Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrives at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., after Senate votes to confirm him as the first African American to lead the Department of Defense.

The US Senate has confirmed retired general Lloyd Austin as secretary of defense, the second cabinet nominee of new President Joe Biden to gain approval and the first African American to lead the Pentagon.

The US Senate confirmed retired general Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense on Friday, the second cabinet nominee of new President Joe Biden to gain approval and the first African American to lead the Pentagon.

THE LATEST: For the first time in history, the United States will have an African American leading the Pentagon.

MOMENTS AGO: Ret. Gen. Lloyd Austin arrives at the Pentagon after the Senate confirms him as Defense secretary, making him the first African American to lead the Department of Defense.

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The Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to lead the Pentagon. He will be the first African American defense secretary.

The Senate has confirmed retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to lead the Pentagon. He will be the first African American defense secretary.

Incoming Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrives at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., after Senate votes to confirm him as the first African American to lead the Department of Defense.

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

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Breaking News: Joe Biden plans to tap retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to be his defense secretary. He would be the first African-American to lead the Pentagon.

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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BREAKING: Joe Biden plans to nominate retired Army General Lloyd Austin as defense secretary, making him the first African American to lead the Pentagon

SCOOP: The Pentagon is poised to award the Medal of Honor to Alwyn Cashe in a long-scrutinized valor case. @EsperDoD  just signaled Pentagon support to lawmakers. Cashe would be the first African American recipient of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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