In the message to the Defense Department, Austin said he was honored to serve again.
Austin tweeted immediately following his confirmation that he's proud to be the first African American to hold the position.
The DoD and the VA are providing daily updates on the number of confirmed and presumptive cases of the virus.
President Joe Biden has promised to overturn a Pentagon policy limiting the service of transgender individuals.
The full Senate is expected to confirm Austin to be the defense secretary following the waiver votes.
David Norquist, previously the deputy defense secretary, is now the acting defense secretary, the DoD said.
It's an issue Austin said he personally experienced during his 41-year career as an Army officer.
Instead of a parade, small contingents from each branch will pass in review below the West Front of the Capitol.
John Whitley, assistant secretary of the Army for financial management and comptroller, will serve as the acting secretary.
The Defense Department acknowledged the potential threat from within its own ranks of radicalized service members.
The deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 attracted a variety of far-right extremists who shared a devotion to Trump.
The Humvee was stolen from a National Guard Armory in a Los Angeles suburb.
The proposal to expand military exchange shopping privileges had been expected to be finalized in late 2020.
Many survivors will see at least $400 more in their Feb. 1 annuity payments.
Typically, about half of each class washes out during the final apprentice course because of its demanding nature.