Who is Lloyd Austin married to? All about Lloyd Austin wife and children

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Lloyd Austin and wife Charlene Denise Banner Austin

In this article, we will look at who Lloyd Austin married to? We will delve into the details of Lloyd Austin wife and children. But first, who exactly is Lloyd Austin?

Who Lloyd Austin?

Lloyd Austin (born August 8, 1953, Mobile, Alabama, U.S.) is the United States secretary of defense. He assumed this position in January 2021, two days after President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

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US Army Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin III . AFP PHOTO/ROD LAMKEY JR (Photo credit should read ROD LAMKEY JR/AFP via Getty Images)

During his 41-year career in the U.S. Army, Austin served as director of the Joint Staff, was commanding general of U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq, and headed U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).

He is the first African American to serve as defense secretary. Austin’s father was a postal worker, and his mother was a homemaker.

Who is Lloyd Austin married to?

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General Lloyd J. Austin III and his wife, CharleneCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Lloyd Austin married Charlene Austin four decades ago. The pair met at Auburn University, the college from which they both graduated.

Charlene is a national advisor for the Military Child Education Coalition and is also a board member of the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University.

She also provided volunteer consulting to local and national non-profit organizations from 2009 to 2016.

Charlene also serves on the Board of Governance for United Way Suncoast based in Tampa Florida and the Advisory Committee for the United Way Suncoast – Mission United Project.

She has been recognized for her work in public service and was awarded in 2013 the Secretary of the Army Public Service Award for her contributions to the community.

Austin has previously praised Charlene for her work and dedicating “her time and energy to the care and sustainment of military families.”

Does Lloyd Austin have children?

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Lloyd Austin and wife Charlene Denise Banner Austin

Austin and his wife Charlene do not have any biological children together. However, they share a close-knit family with their stepsons.

Reportedly, Charlene has a son from a previous relationship, but not much public information is available on him.

According to CNN and KMIZ-TV, Charlene has two sons named Reginald Hill and Christopher Hill. The outlets identified the two men as Lloyd Austin’s stepsons.

Lloyd Austin’s profile on The American Academy of Diplomacy website states that he and Charlene live in Great Falls, Virginia. A search of online records suggests the couple purchased a 6-bedroom home there in 2018.

What happened to Lloyd Austin?

On February 11, 2024, Lloyd Austin was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for apparent bladder issues.

The Pentagon revealed his symptoms are “suggesting an emergent bladder issue.”

Austin’s duties have been transferred to the Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks.

He was expected to head to Brussels on Tuesday to meet with the Ukraine Defense Contact Group. It’s unclear if he will head to Europe.

This hospitalization comes just weeks after Austin received a secret treatment for prostate cancer in December 2024.

Following the surgery, Austin developed a urinary tract infection and serious intestinal complications and was hospitalized in January.

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