Lloyd Austin

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Lloyd Austin in 2021

Lloyd James Austin III (born August 8, 1953) is a retired United States Army four-star general serving as the 28th United States secretary of defense since January 22, 2021. 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.


  • If confirmed, I will fight hard to stamp out sexual assault, to rid our ranks of racists and extremists
  • We expect public servants to be guided in their actions by a strong moral compass
    We will not tolerate actions that go against the fundamental principles of the oath we share, including actions associated with extremist or dissident ideologies.
    I am directing commanding officers and supervisors at all levels to select a date within the next 60 days to conduct a one-day "stand-down" on this issue with their personnel
    such discussions should include the importance of our oath of office; a description of impermissible behaviors; and procedures for reporting suspected, or actual, extremist behaviors
  • I won’t give you a yes-or-no answer on that, Senator


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