Updated: February 24, 2021
Tuskegee Airmen on Thursday wrote an open letter to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. to back the nomination of Lloyd Austin as Defense Secretary.
The letter, by the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. National Office, was published by The Grio.
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Signed by Tuskegee Airmen Inc. President Jerry Burton, the letter described the Secretary-designate Austin as an incredibly skilled and respected leader who is qualified to confront the many challenges that our nation faces in this moment.
“With over four decades in uniform and a barrier-breaking career as the first Black vice chief of staff of the Army and commander of the U.S. Central Command, General Austin is uniquely positioned to head the Department of Defense in the Biden-Harris Administration,” the letter states.
Burton called on the Senate to promptly confirm Secretary-designate Austin.
“We support the swift and decisive approval of General Austin’s historic nomination. His place as the Secretary of Defense will foster a welcoming and inclusive culture with allies across the world.”