Retired General Lloyd Austin is the new Secretary of Defense of the United States. The Senate overwhelmingly approved his nomination on Friday.
The 67-year-old soldier from the South is the first black American to lead the Pentagon. He has had 27 pastors since the Ministry’s formation in the 1940s.
During his career in the army, he has been a commander in Iraq, among other things. He was also the commander of Centcom, the American command centre that focuses on the Middle East, Africa and large parts of western Asia.
In that role, he was involved in the fighting in Iraq and Syria from 2013 to 2016.
After his retirement in 2016, he is active in business, including in an investment company where his future colleague Anthony Blinken, who is to become the new Minister of Foreign Affairs, is a partner.