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Lloyd J. Austin, III

Lloyd J. Austin, III, General, U.S. Army (Ret.) and Former Commander of U.S. Central Command

General Austin is a retired four-star general who served for 41 years in the U.S. Army. From March 2013 through March 2016, he served as the commander of U.S. Central Command responsible for military strategy and joint operations throughout the 20-country Central Region that includes Iraq, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Prior to that, he served as the 33rd vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army from January 2012 to March 2013 and as the combined forces commander in Iraq from September 2010 through 2011. He is the recipient of numerous U.S. military awards, including the Silver Star, five Defense Distinguished Service Medals and the Legion of Merit.

General Austin currently serves as a director of United Technologies Corporation and Nucor Corporation. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and holds master’s degrees from Auburn University (Education) and Webster University (Business Management).