Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the Appointment of Chris Meagher as the Next Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs

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Today I have appointed Chris Meagher to serve as Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. Chris will oversee the department’s media relations and public outreach efforts and serve as my senior adviser on public affairs and strategic communications.

Chris has deep and diverse communications experience that will serve the entire Department well. He comes to the Pentagon from the White House, where he has most recently been serving as a deputy press secretary to President Biden. Chris has advised members of Congress, as well as national and state leaders on strategic communications and press relations. He also served as a senior public affairs official for Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. Chris’s experience and insight will help me and the entire Department effectively communicate our important work to defend the nation, take care of our people and succeed through teamwork.

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