dad: Lloyd James Austin Jr., postal worker
Mother: Aleteia Taylor Austin, housewife
marriage: Charlene Dennis (Banner) Austin (early 1980s to present)
Children: Reginald Hill (stepson); Christopher Hill (stepson)
education: US Military Academy, BA, 1975; Auburn University, M.E., Education Adviser, 1986; Webster University, MA, Management and Leadership, 1989; Military Army College (1996-1997 attended)
Military service: US Army 1975-2016 four-star general
He achieved many firsts:
- The first African American Secretary of Defense.
- The first African American to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army.
- The first African American to command the US Central Command.
- The first African American to lead an army corps in combat.
- The first African American division commander in the United States Army.
He received numerous honors for his military service, including the Five Defense Distinguished Service Medals, the Silver Star for Courage in Combat, and two Gilts of Merit.
He served on a number of boards of directors including Nucor Corporation, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, and United Technologies (now Raytheon Technologies Corporation after the 2020 merger).
He served on the Board of Trustees of Auburn University and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
He was a high school athlete, and was the captain of the college basketball team.
1975 – Austin was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army after graduating from West Point. Over the next twenty years, he held a number of leadership positions and was stationed at bases in North Carolina, Indianapolis, New York, Germany, and Panama.
1997-1999 – Commander of the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
1999-2001 – Chief, Joint Operations Division, J-3, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, DC
2003-2005 – Commander of the Tenth Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York. Includes Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq.
2005-2006 – Chief of Staff, US Central Command, Unified Combat Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.
2006-2009 – Commander in Chief, Eighteenth Airborne Corps and Commander of the Multinational Corps; Operation Iraqi Freedom.
2009-2010 – Office of the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, US Department of Defense, Washington, DC
2010 – Promoted to a four-star general.
2010-2011 – Commander in Chief of US Forces in Iraq, US Central Command, Operation New Dawn.
March 2013 – March 2016 – Commander of the US Central Command.
2016 – He founded the Austin Strategy Group, LLC, with Austin as owner and president. It is later announced in the USOG Ethics file that advisory work will remain dormant upon his appointment in 2021 as Secretary of Defense.
September 2020-22 January 2021 – Partner at investment firm Pine Island Capital Partners.