James Mattis

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James Mattis
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26th United States Secretary of Defense
Assumed office
January 20, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byAsh Carter
Commander of United States Central Command
In office
August 11, 2010 – March 22, 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byJohn R. Allen (acting)
Succeeded byLloyd Austin
Commander of the United States Joint Forces Command
In office
November 9, 2007 – August 11, 2010
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded byLance L. Smith
Succeeded byKeith Huber (acting)
Supreme Allied Commander of Transformation
In office
November 9, 2007 – September 8, 2009
Preceded byLance Smith
Succeeded byStéphane Abrial
Personal details
BornJames Norman Mattis
(1950-09-08) September 8, 1950 (age 68)
Pullman, Washington, U.S.
Political partyIndependent
Alma materCentral Washington University (BA)
Military service
  • "Chaos" (callsign)[1]
  • "Warrior Monk"
  • "Mad Dog"[2]
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service1969–2013
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg General

James Norman "Mad Dog" Mattis (born September 8, 1950) is a retired United States Marine Corps general and the 26th and current United States Secretary of Defense. On January 20, 2017, the United States Senate confirmed Mattis' nomination as Defense secretary with a 98-1 vote. He last served as the 11th Commander of United States Central Command from August 11, 2010 to March 22, 2013.

Early life[change | change source]

Mattis was born on September 8, 1950, in Pullman, Washington.[3] He was raised in Richland, Washington.[4] Mattis earned a BA degree in history from Central Washington University in 1971.[5][6]

Military career[change | change source]

Mattis is known for carrying out the COIN strategy. Before President Obama appointed him to replace General Petraeus on August 11, 2010, he commanded United States Joint Forces Command from November 9, 2007 to August 2010 and served as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Transformation from November 9, 2007 to September 8, 2009 at the same time. Prior to that, he commanded I Marine Expeditionary Force, United States Marine Forces Central Command, and 1st Marine Division during the Iraq War.[7]

United States Secretary of Defense (since 2017)[change | change source]

On December 1, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced that Mattis would be nominated to serve as United States Secretary of Defense in the coming administration.[8] He was confirmed by the United States Senate with a 98-1 vote. On the same day, he was sworn-in by Vice President Mike Pence.

Personal life[change | change source]

Mattis is a lifelong bachelor who has never been married and has no children. He is nicknamed "The Warrior Monk" because of his bachelor life and lifelong devotion to the study of war.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. Kovach, Gretel C. (January 19, 2013). "Just don't call him Mad Dog". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  2. Boot, Max (March 2006). "The Corps should look to its small-wars past". Armed Forces Journal. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  3. "Nominations before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Second Session, 111th Congress" (PDF). U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  4. Kraemer, Kristin M. (November 22, 2016). "Gen. Mattis, Trump's possible defense chief, fulfills Benton County jury duty". Tri-City Herald.
  5. Ray, Michael (December 2, 2016). "James Mattis". Britannica.
  6. Baldor, Lolita C. (December 2, 2016). "Trump to nominate retired Gen. James Mattis to lead Pentagon". Washington Post. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  7. Garamone, Jim (August 11, 2010). "Gates: Mattis brings experience, continuity to Central Command". American Forces Press Service. Headquarters Marine Corps. Retrieved August 18, 2010.
  8. Lamothe, Dan (December 1, 2016). "Trump picks retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  9. North, Oliver (July 9, 2010). "Gen. Mattis: The Warrior Monk". Fox News Insider. Retrieved June 3, 2015.

Other websites[change | change source]

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