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Senate confirms Lloyd Austin as new defense secretary, first black person in US history to head the Pentagon

1 month ago   |   By RT

The US Senate confirmed President Joe Biden's choice for defense secretary, Lloyd Austin, in a landslide vote on Friday, making him the first black person ever to run the Pentagon and oversee the country's military.
The retired four-star Army general was voted in by a majority of 93 to 2, and was also granted the necessary waivers by Congress in order to serve within seven years of ending his military service, which is usually prohibited under US law.
Austin, who left the Army in 2016, said it was an “honor and a privilege” to serv e as the country's 28th secretary of defense, and said he...
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Austin wins Senate confirmation as 1st Black Pentagon chief

Austin wins Senate confirmation as 1st Black Pentagon chief

1 month ago   |   By WGAL

Lloyd J. Austin, the West Point graduate who rose to the Army's elite ranks and marched through racial barriers in a 41-year career, has won Senate confirmation to become the nation's first Black secretary of defense.
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Senate confirms Lloyd Austin as America's first Black secretary of Defense

Senate confirms Lloyd Austin as America's first Black secretary of Defense

1 month ago   |   By CNBC

Retired Gen. Lloyd Austin would be the first Black leader of the Pentagon, breaking one of the more enduring barriers in the U.S. government.
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Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as America's first Black defense secretary

Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as America's first Black defense secretary

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

Summary List Placement The Senate confirmed President Joe Biden's pick for Pentagon chief on Thursday, making retired Gen. Lloyd Austin the first Black secretary of defense.
It's an honor and a privilege to serve as our country's 28th Secretary of Defense, and I'm especially proud to be the first African American to hold the position. Let's get to work. pic.twitter.com/qPAzVRxz9L - Lloyd Austin January 22, 2021
Biden confirmed in early December reports that he wanted Austin in the Pentagon, writing in The Atlantic that "in his more than 40 years in the United States Army, Austin met every...
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Lloyd Austin Confirmed as Defense Secretary

1 month ago   |   By NY Times

In a 93-2 vote, Senators helped President Biden fill a critical national security positionand elevated the first Black Pentagon chief.
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Austin wins Senate confirmation as 1st Black Pentagon chief

1 month ago   |   By Star Tribune

Lloyd J. Austin, a West Point graduate who rose to the Army's elite ranks and marched through racial barriers in a 41-year career, won Senate confirmation Friday to become the nation's first Black secretary of defense.
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Austin confirmed as first Black defense secretary

Austin confirmed as first Black defense secretary

1 month ago   |   By Politico

The Senate on Friday confirmed Lloyd Austin to be the new Defense secretary, making the retired Army general the first Black person to run the Pentagon.
Austin's nomination was approved despite concerns among Democrats and Republicans about appointing another recently retired general to lead the Defense Department.
The quick confirmation vote comes amid a push on Capitol Hill to get President Joe Biden's national security team on the job as quickly as possible - Austin is the second member of Biden's Cabinet to be confirmed.
The vote came just a day after the House and Senate approved a...
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Lloyd Austin Confirmed As Secretary of Defense, Becomes First Black Pentagon Chief

Lloyd Austin Confirmed As Secretary of Defense, Becomes First Black Pentagon Chief

1 month ago   |   By NPR

Austin's near-unanimous confirmation came despite concerns raised on both sides of the aisle that he hadn't been out of uniform for the legally-mandated minimum seven-year period. (Image credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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