Lloyd Austin back at Pentagon with no shortage of pressing problems

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin returned to work at the Pentagon on Monday, his first day back in the office this year, due to a health scare.

“At this important time, I’m glad to be back at the Pentagon. I feel good and recovering well, but still recovering and I appreciate all the good wishes that I have received thus far,” he said.

Austin, 70, was hospitalized on Jan. 1 with complications from a procedure to treat prostate cancer from a week and a half earlier. He temporarily delegated some duties to Deputy Secretary Kathleen Hicks, but he resumed those on Jan. 5 and was released from the hospital on Jan. 15. Since being discharged from the hospital, he had been working remotely while undergoing physical therapy.

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