Pentagon names new press secretary following Kirby’s transfer to the White House

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NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! After John Kirby left the Pentagon in May, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Thursday that Air Force Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder will take over as the next press secretary.

Austin said in a statement that “he brings a plethora of expertise, including joint and deployed postings, that will serve him well as he educates the public of our efforts across the world.”

The defense secretary continued, “I am confident that I will benefit from his counsel and that the American people will benefit from his ability to clearly and consistently communicate our efforts to protect the United States and its interests throughout the world, take care of our people, and strengthen our unmatched alliances and partnerships.

Ryder, who now holds the role of director of public relations for the Department of the Air Force, will be the first uniformed spokesperson to hold the post since 2015. Over the coming weeks, he is anticipated to finish off his duties as Air Force director before starting his new job later this month.

Joint Staff spokesperson Air Force Col. Patrick S. Ryder attends a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington on Sept. 19, 2019.

Joint Staff spokesperson Air Force Col. Patrick S. Ryder addresses a press conference on September 19, 2019, at the Pentagon in Washington. via Getty Images, Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency

After Kirby resigned to take a job as the strategic communications coordinator for the National Security Council, Ryder was given the assignment.

John Kirby, National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications, takes part in a press briefing at the White House in Washington on Aug. 1, 2022.

On August 1, 2022, John Kirby, the coordinator for strategic communications at the National Security Council, participates at a press conference at the White House in Washington. Leah Millis for Reuters

From 2013 until 2016, Ryder and Austin collaborated at U.S. Central Command. Then, from 2017 until 2019, Ryder was the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s chief spokesperson.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks during the 19th International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-la Dialogue, Asia's annual defense and security forum, in Singapore on June 11, 2022.

At the 19th Shangri-La Dialogue, Asia’s yearly defense and security summit, held in Singapore on June 11, 2022, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin delivers a speech. Photo by Danial Hakim for AP

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