Immediate Release

Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the Recent Confirmation of Frank Kendall III as the 26th Secretary of the Air Force

July 27, 2021

“As America’s 26th Secretary of the Air Force, Frank Kendall III’s decades of expertise and impact in service to our national security and defense make him an unmatched asset for the challenges we face today. Throughout his career, Frank has led the Department’s acquisition efforts to equip our warfighters with the latest capabilities and cutting-edge weaponry for the battlefield, educated our next generation of leaders at West Point, and served as a human rights lawyer. And as a former active duty soldier, Frank understands firsthand the commitment and sacrifice our troops give day in and day out.

No doubt, our Airmen, Guardians, and their families will be served well. I thank the Senate for his confirmation, and I look forward to Frank joining the team.”  – Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III