Monday, January 25, 2021, the country's first female, first Black and first South Asian Vice President Kamala Harris swore in the first Black American, Lloyd James Austin III as Secretary of Defense. A retired four-star Army general who served his country uniformed for 41 years, and will continue to serve as the 28th Secretary of Defense of the United States.
On this same day, President Biden reversed the transgender military ban. Enabling all qualified Americans to serve their country in uniform.
Lloyd Austin heading the Department of Defense is a turning point of diversity for an institution that has over 1 million service members on active duty with 43% being people of color. Friday, January 22, 2021, the United States Senate confirmed Lloyd James Austin as Secretary of Defense Yea - 93 Nay -2 . He breaks the 'Brass Ceiling' working to create a path as he continues to serve his country for others to follow.