WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, January 22, Senator Mike Braun voted to confirm retired General Lloyd Austin as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense. 

“Defense is the most important duty of the federal government, and General Lloyd Austin comes highly respected by those who have served under his command and highly recommended by his fellow generals for the important role of Secretary of Defense. General Austin oversaw withdrawing 150,000 American troops from Iraq, and I hope he will draw on that experience as we continue to draw down America’s longest wars and return to building peace through strength.” – Senator Mike Braun