Gen. Lloyd Austin, Ret. Former Commander, US Central Command

Lloyd J. Austin III is a retired four-star U.S. Army general with nearly 41 years of military service, including three years as the head of U.S. Central Command. He also was the Combined Forces commander in Iraq and Syria, and he has extensive operational experience, having commanded troops in combat throughout his General Officer career.

Prior to Central Command, General Austin served as the 33rd Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. His many awards and decorations include five Defense Distinguished Service Medals, the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit.

He serves on the boards of directors of Raytheon, Nucor Corporation, Tenet Healthcare Corporation and Guest Services, Inc., and on the board of trustees of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and Auburn University.

General Austin is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and he holds two master’s degrees – one in education from Auburn University and another in business management from Webster University.