Retired Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III

Retired Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III shares a joke during a ceremony for the renewal of the Army Community Covenant at the Watertown Salmon Run Mall in 2012. Watertown Daily Times

FORT DRUM — A former Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division commander is reportedly under consideration to become President-elect Joseph R. Biden’s Secretary of Defense.

Retired Army General Lloyd J. Austin III is on a short list of people who could be selected to lead the Pentagon, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Gen. Austin’s 41-year military career, which ended with his retirement in 2016, included time as commander of the 10th Mountain Division from 2003 to 2005.

After leaving Fort Drum, Gen. Austin quickly rose up the Army’s command structure, from positions leading XVIII Airborne Corps to United States Forces-Iraq, to becoming vice chief of staff of the Army and then the commander of United States Central Command, overseeing operations in places like U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria and others.

At the time of his retirement, he was recalled for his strong ties to the north country community, including meeting with several local civic groups and volunteering at the Taste of the Town event in Watertown.

According to the Wall Street Journal, to become defense secretary, Gen. Austin would require a congressional waiver from legal restrictions against the civilian post being filled by someone who was in uniform during the previous seven years.

If chosen, he would become the country’s first Black Secretary of Defense.

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“ President-elect Joseph R. Biden’s Secretary of Defense“ Biden isn’t officially our president-elect yet, and he may never be. The FBI and DIJ have investigations ongoing. Calling Biden president-elect is disinformation..

hermit thrush

please keep the comedy coming! 🤣🤣🤣

hermit thrush

biden's current popular vote lead is 6.35 million votes. that's 4.0% of the total votes cast. both are only going to keep going up as more votes are counted. there is no hope for the results in any of the swing states to be overturned. holmes is living in a delusional fantasy world.

hermit thrush

update: a bunch of new nyc stuff was just reported in the past couple hours. biden's national lead now up to 6.94 million votes (and sure to exceed 7 million once remaining votes in suffolk and westchester counties are counted). trump's national vote share is now slightly under 46.9%, worse than romney's 47.2% eight years ago.


You're drifting into the wing-nut column Holmes... Besides, apparently once he's president, he can just pardon himself...his family...his lawyer... I'd get Giuliani...he seems to be doing a great job... Chris Christi was right..."this is a national embarrassment"...

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