In a ceremony held on Friday, March 22, 2013, General Lloyd Austin became the first African American to lead the U.S. Central Command. This means he is responsible for our troops and transitions in 20 countries in the Middle East and southwest Asia. In his 37-year tenure, General Austin has commanded the 82nd Airborne and 10th Mountain Divisions, as well as the 18th Airborne Corps. Austin is now the 12th Commander of the US Central Command.

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