U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mallory S. VanderSchans
The former commander of U.S. Southern Command, retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, has been selected to serve as the secretary of Homeland Security in the incoming Trump administration, according to CBS News. Now, no fewer than three current or former Marine four-star generals promise to be key members of Trump’s initial foreign policy team.
Trump selected legendary Marine Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis to be his secretary of Defense. "Mad Dog Mattis plays no games," Trump told a crowd at a victory rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Dec. 6.
Mattis will work closely with Marine Gen. Joseph “Fighting Joe” Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who will continue in that capacity through Trump’s inauguration.
On Dec. 6, Stars and Stripes reported that Dunford could stay on for an extended role as Joint Chiefs chairman, due to his deep ties to Mattis.
Former members of the Marines, the military’s smallest but proudest branch have gone on to become senators, governors, and senior government officials. But never has a former Marine become president of the United States. Perhaps with the elevation of these Marines into senior foreign policy roles, that could change.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
A Chinese tank rolls at the training ground "Tsugol", about 250 kilometers (156 miles ) south-east of the city of Chita during the military exercises Vostok 2018 in Eastern Siberia, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 (Associated Press/Sergei Grits)
China is developing a lot of new and advanced weaponry, but a recent state media report suggests the Chinese military may not be entirely sure what to do with these new combat systems.
The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard called the ongoing partial government shutdown "unacceptable" following reports that some Coast Guardsmen are relying on donations from food pantries while their regular paychecks remain on hold.
"We're five-plus weeks into the anxiety and stress of this government lapse and your non-pay," Adm. Karl Schultz said in a video message to service members. "You, as members of the armed forces, should not be expected to shoulder this burden."
The bigger and faster electromagnetic weapons elevator on the new
aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is finally ready for use, an achievement the Navy called a "major milestone" for the program and other Ford-class carriers to be built in the future.
Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer said earlier this month that he had bet his job on getting all the Ford's elevators to work, telling President Donald Trump that the project would be done by this summer "or you can fire me."