Nucor elects General Lloyd J. Austin III (Ret) as director
General Austin retired as a four-star general in 2016 after nearly 41 years with the U.S. Army.
From March 2013 through March 2016, General Austin served as the commander of U.S. Central Command responsible for military strategy and joint operations throughout the 20-country Central Region that includes Iraq, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Prior to that General Austin served as the 33rd Vice Chief of Staff of the Army from January 2012 to March 2013 and as the Combined Forces Commander in Iraq from September 2010 through the completion of Operation New Dawn in December 2011.
A 1975 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he earned a bachelor of science degree, General Austin also holds a master's degree in counselor education from Auburn University and a master's degree in business management from Webster University.
Over his military career, he was awarded the Silver Star, five Defense Distinguished Service Medals, the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Graduate Award from the United States Military Academy at West Point, among others.