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Lloyd Austin
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28th United States Secretary of Defense
Assumed office
January 22, 2021
President Joe Biden
Deputy Kathleen Hicks (nominee)
Preceded by Mark Esper
Commander of United States Central Command
In office
March 22, 2013 – March 30, 2016
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Jim Mattis
Succeeded by Joseph Votel
Personal details
Born
Lloyd James Austin III

August 8, 1953 (1953-08-08) (age 67)
Mobile, Alabama, U.S.
Education United States Military Academy (BS)
Auburn University (MA)
Webster University (MBA)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Army
Years of service 1975–2016
Rank General
Commands
  • United States Central Command
  • Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army
  • United States Forces – Iraq
  • Multi-National Corps – Iraq
  • XVIII Airborne Corps
  • 10th Mountain Division
  • 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division
  • 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars Global War on Terrorism
Awards
  • Defense Distinguished Service Medal (5)
  • Army Distinguished Service Medal (4)
  • Silver Star
  • Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
  • Legion of Merit (2)

Lloyd James Austin III (born August 8, 1953) is an American retired four-star general. He is the 28th and current United States Secretary of Defense since 2021. He was an Army officer and was the 12th commander of United States Central Command (CENTCOM). Austin was the first Black commander of CENTCOM.

On December 7, 2020, Austin was nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to be Secretary of Defense. His nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 22, 2021 which made him the first Black Secretary of Defense in American history.

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