James “Mad Dog” Mattis didn’t waste any time Saturday, his first full day in office. The new Secretary of Defense spent the day overseeing 31 military strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. These strikes included targeted runs from fighters, bombers, and remote-operated drones, all a part of an ongoing effort called Operation Inherent Resolve with its main goal to destroy ISIS.
This comes at a time when the nation is looking to see what the new Trump Administration officials are going to do with their new found power. Many hope that this administration will be tougher in the War on Terror.
Via Western Journalism “In Iraq, the attacks included a strike near Rutbah, which engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle, two weapons caches and a mortar; a strike near Beiji, which destroyed an ISIS tactical unit and a vehicle; a strike near Kisik, which destroyed a vehicle and an ISIS-held building.
Two strikes near Mosul, which engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed a vehicle-borne-bomb factory, a vehicle-borne bomb, a tank, three fighting positions and a vehicle; and a strike near Tal Afar, which engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a semi-truck and a command-and-control node.”
The new Defense Secretary sent a letter to the DoD employees under his command, shortly after his swearing in, going over his plans on how to lead the Pentagon.
Mattis has had an incredible career as a retired Marine Corps General as well as the 11th Commander of United States Central Command and the Unified Combatant Command responsible for American military operations in the Middle East, Northeast Africa, and Central Asia. He also previously commanded the United States Joint Forces Command and served concurrently as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation.
I think it’s safe to say that this guy knows what the men and women in uniform are up against in the Middle East.
Mattis also said in his letter on Saturday:
“It’s good to be back and I’m grateful to serve alongside you as Secretary of Defense. . . I am confident you will do your part. I pledge to you I’ll do my best as your Secretary.”