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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.

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

With minimal objection, the Senate voted 93-2 in favor of confirming retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as secretary of defense.​

With minimal objection, the Senate voted 93-2 in favor of confirming retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as secretary of defense.​

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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"Vice President Kamala Harris ceremonially swore in President Joe Biden's defense secretary pick, retired Gen. Lloyd Austin, on a day that also saw the President reverse his predecessor's transgender military ban," writes @BrandonTensley  | Analysis

The Senate confirmed retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin as the nation's first Black secretary of defense Friday. He is President Joe Biden's second Cabinet nominee to be confirmed since taking office Wednesday.

“If you’re fit and you’re qualified to serve and you can maintain the standards, you should be allowed to serve,” said President Biden's new Defense Secretary, retired Gen. Lloyd Austin.

With minimal objection, the Senate voted 93-2 in favor of confirming retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as secretary 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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