The Senate voted on Friday to confirm retired four-star Army general Lloyd J. Austin III as the next secretary of defense, making him the first Black Pentagon leader. The vote was 93-2, following a 68-27 Senate vote on Thursday to approve a waiver allowing him to serve in the role despite being out of the military for five years, rather than the required seven years. After his confirmation, Austin tweeted: "It's an honor and a privilege to serve as our country's 28th Secretary of Defense, and I'm especially proud to be the first African American to hold the position. Let's get to work."

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