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 Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as the country's first Black Pentagon chief.
Retired U.S. Army Gen. Lloyd Austin took over as the first Black Pentagon chief shortly after being confirmed 93-2 by the Senate.
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.
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
Biden selects retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as defense secretary, a source familiar says. He'd be the first Black man to lead the Pentagon.