An American citizen of African descent Lloyd Austin is set to become the first US Secretary of Defense to lead the Pentagon as the head. US President-elect Joe Biden nominated him for the post.
Lloyd Austin led US forces in Baghdad in 2003. The US media reported on Monday. News from AFP.
The six-year-old former Army officer, who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, has overtaken former Under-Secretary of Defense Michelle Flournoy, who is in a favorable position to become US Secretary of Defense.
He nominated a black general for the post amid mounting pressure on the newly-elected president to nominate more minorities for various positions in Biden’s cabinet.
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