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US Senate confirms Lloyd Austin as Pentagon’s first Black Chief

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The US Senate confirmed retired General Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense in Joe Biden‘s new administration on Friday, becoming the first African-American to reach the Pentagon leadership.

Austin garnered overwhelming support from both Biden Democrats and opposition Republicans, despite requiring a special waiver from Congress for being a recently retired military man.

According to the regulations, an ex-military must be retired for more than seven years to be able to head the Defense portfolio.

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