MSR News Online--President-elect Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that retired four-star General Lloyd J. Austin III will be nominated to serve as the 28th United States Secretary of Defense. If confirmed by the Senate, Austin will be the first African American to lead the Pentagon.
In his remarks accepting the nomination of Wednesday, General Austin drew upon the rich history of African Americans in the U.S. military. “Back in 1877, a young man from a small town Thomasville, GA—Henry Ossian Flipper—became the first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point,” Austin said. “And after his commissioning, he was assigned to one of the army’s all-Black regiments. And he became the first non-White officers to lead the Buffalo soldiers of the 10th Cavalry.
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