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Lloyd Austin IIIINDIndependent Secretary of Defense
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Lloyd James Austin III (born August 8, 1953) is an American retired United States Army four-star general who, since his appointment on January 22, 2021, has served as the 28th United States secretary of defense. He is the first African American to serve as the United States secretary of defense. Austin previously served as the 12th commander of United States Central Command (CENTCOM) from 2013 to 2016. Austin was the 33rd vice chief of staff of the Army from January 2012 to March 2013, and the last commanding general of United States Forces – Iraq Operation New Dawn, which ended in December 2011. In 2013, Austin was appointed as the first Black commander of CENTCOM by President Barack Obama. He retired from the armed services in 2016 and joined the boards of Raytheon Technologies, Nucor, Tenet Healthcare, and Auburn University. On December 7, 2020, he was nominated for defense secretary by then-President-elect Joe Biden. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 22, 2021, by a vote of 93–2.

Education7 - 7 of 5
United States Army Command and General Staff College
Webster University
Auburn University
United States Army War College
United States Military Academy
Past Positions1 - 10 of 10
Secretary of Defense
United States Department of Defense
2021 - Current
Secretary of Defense
United States of America
Austin Strategy Group, Limited Liability Company
2016 - Current
Former Commander
United States Central Command
2013 - 2016
Four Star General
United States Army
1975 - 2016
Vice Chief of Staff
United States Army
2012 - 2013
Commanding General
United States Force - Iraq, United States Army
2010 - 2011
Commanding General
Multi-National Corps - Iraq, United States Army
2008 - 2009
Commanding General
10th Mountain Division, United States Army
2003 - 2005
Assistant Division Commander
3rd Infantry Division, United States Army
2001 - 2003
Other Experience1 - 5 of 5
Board of Directors
Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Board of Directors
Nucor Corporation
Former Board Member
Raytheon Technologies Corporation
Board of Trustees, Carnegie Corporation of New York
Board of Trustees, Auburn University