December 8, 2020 6:51 PM | With information from EFE
15 minutes. The president-elect of the United States (USA), Joe Biden, announced on Tuesday his intention to nominate retired General Lloyd Austin to head the Department of Defense, who if confirmed would be the first African-American to head the Pentagon.
“General Austin shares my deep belief that our nation is stronger when we are guided not only by the example of our power, but by the power of our example,” Biden said in a statement.
Austin, 67, served as the head of Central Command in charge of operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria.
The Army general held that position between 2013 and 2016, when he retired after almost 40 years of service.
“Through a lifetime of dedicated service, and in the many hours we have spent together in the Situation Room of the White House. With our troops abroad, General Austin demonstrated exemplary leadership, character and authority,” added the President elect.
After leaving the military career, he went to the private sector. He served on the boards of Raytheon Technologies, one of the Pentagon’s largest contractors; Nucor, the largest steel producer in the United States; and the medical insurer Tenet.