I have been calling for an all Black Navy and posting on blacks serving our nation. Now this……..Dec. 7, 2020, 6:08 PM PST / Updated Dec. 7, 2020, 7:23 PM PST
By Carol E. Lee, Kristen Welker, Courtney Kube and Dartunorro Clark
WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin to be defense secretary, according to three people familiar with the decision.
If confirmed, Austin, 67, a retired four-star general and former head of U.S. Central Command, or CENTCOM, would be the first African American to lead the Defense Department. He was also the first Black American to lead Central Command, which oversees the U.S. military in the Middle East and parts of Africa, Central Asia and South Asia.
Austin was offered the job Sunday. He became the front-runner over the past week, but his relationship with Biden goes back years. The two spent many hours working together when Austin was running CENTCOM.
The Biden team sees Austin as someone with deep knowledge and experience at the Defense Department and believe he would be able to hit the job running once confirmed, said a source familiar with the decision process.
If he is confirmed by the Senate, Austin would require a congressional waiver to serve as defense secretary because he retired less than seven years ago. Only two other nominees have been granted such waivers, George C. Marshall and James Mattis, who served under President Donald Trump.
Asked whether the Biden team believes Austin would get the waiver, the source said it is confident that he would be viewed as a strong nominee.
As Biden continues to fill out his Cabinet, he is under pressure to name Black Americans to top posts. Biden has promised to make his Cabinet the most diverse in history.
Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., told CNN in an interview Sunday that Biden needed to pick Black Americans for top Cabinet positions, like defense secretary or attorney general, noting that Austin was one the top contenders backed by the Congressional Black Caucus, which she chairs.
This morning I discovered Frank Coakley prosecuted the Black Mutineers at Port Chicago when he was Judge Advocate Commander for the Navy. He would later prosecute Black Panthers – and Mario Savio! I and my family were very good friends with his daughter, Kay Coakley. Kay wanted to adopt my youngest sister. This goes with my discovery that Richard Rosenberg was a founder of Naval societies and interests. I am going to contact him about The Marin Shipmates. I would like him and the Marin-Buck Foundation to fund this museum and gallery.
I discovered this museum after posting.
The radical dynamics created back in the seventies is back for an encore, and is having a great affect on our American society and culture – and thus the World’s. I am sure more black radical art is being rendered as I type. I would like to see a college dedicated…
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