PRESIDENT Biden announced retired Army General Lloyd Austin as his secretary of defense, forming part of his administration.
Austin will be the first African American to run the department and will join other historic cabinet appointees working for the president.
Who is Lloyd Austin's wife Charlene Austin?
Lloyd Austin, 67, has been married to Charlene Austin for over 40 years.
Charlene is a national advisor for the Military Child Education Coalition.
She is also a board member for the Military Family Research Institute of Purdue University.
Charlene also provided volunteer consulting to local and national non-profit organizations from 2009 to 2016.
She also serves on the Board of Governance for United Way Suncoast based in Tampa Florida and the Advisory Committee for the United Way Suncoast -Mission United Project.
Charlene has been recognized for her work in public service and was awarded in 2013 the Secretary of the Army Public Service Award for her contributions to the community.
Do they have children?
Charlene and her husband do not have children together.
However, Austin reportedly has two stepsons.
The couple reside in Great Falls, Virginia.
When was Lloyd Austin nominated as secretary of defense?
President Biden is working to finalize his cabinet pick as his term in office kicks off.
Austin was confirmed as secretary of defense on Friday by the US Senate with a 93-2 vote.
Biden has promised the most diverse Cabinet in US history and he made a point in his victory speech last month of telling black voters that he would remember them.
Austin is known as a shrewd strategist with deep knowledge of the armed forces, and developed a working relationship with Biden during the Obama administration.
He has been advising the transition team on national security issues as of late.
When did Lloyd Austin retire?
Austin retired in 2016 after serving a long career in the US military.
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He was the 12th commander of United States Central Command (CENTCOM), making history by being the first black commander.
Prior to that role, Austin was the 33rd vice chief of staff of the United States Army and the last commanding general of United States Forces – Iraq Operation New Dawn until 2011.
Austin also served on served on the boards of Raytheon Technologies, Nucor, and Tenet Healthcare after retiring.