Auburn graduate selected to lead US Central Command

11 Dec

Gen. Lloyd Austin III acknowledges Auburn University ROTC cadets during the College of Education’s 10th Keystone Leader lecture program in October 2012.

Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, a 1986 graduate of the College of Education, has been selected to lead the U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Austin, who earned a master’s degree in counselor education from Auburn, has served as vice chief of staff for the Army since last January. He was the last U.S. commander in Iraq.

If confirmed by the Senate, Austin would direct the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan as the U.S. prepares to cease combat operations there by the end of 2014.

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