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  • The event got here a day after Congress handed over Austin a particular waiver to carry the put up.
  • The Senate vote was 93 to 2.
  • The 67-year-old is the one African-American to have led US Central Command, the navy’s marquee fight command.

WASHINGTON: The previous Military common Lloyd Austin made historical past when he was confirmed by the US Senate as America’s first Black protection secretary.

The event got here a day after Congress handed over Austin a particular waiver to carry the put up, which is required for any defence secretary who has been out of active-duty navy service for lower than seven years. The Senate vote was 93 to 2.

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The 67-year-old is the one African-American to have led US Central Command, the navy’s marquee fight command, with accountability for Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Syria. 

He retired in 2016 after 41 years within the navy and is extensively revered throughout the Military.

“It’s an extraordinary, historic moment,” Senator Jack Reed, Democrat of Rhode Island and the chairman of the Armed Providers Committee instructed The New YorkTimes. 

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“A significant portion of our armed forces today are African-Americans or Latinos, and now they can see themselves at the very top of the Department of Defense, which makes real the notion of opportunity.”

After being sworn in, Austin obtained his first intelligence briefing as Pentagon chief. He later chaired a gathering on the coronavirus pandemic with high Protection Division leaders, many becoming a member of nearly, the Pentagon stated.

The pandemic — and its demise toll of greater than 400,000 Individuals — was the theme of Austin’s first message to members of the armed forces. He famous the navy’s assist to America’s well being care professionals, and stated, “You can expect that mission to continue.”

“But we must help the federal government move further and faster to eradicate the devastating effects of the coronavirus,” Austin stated, with out detailing further help.

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