Marine Generals Are Taking Over Trump’s Administration

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U.S. Southern Command Commander Gen. John F. Kelly; Gen. James N. Mattis; International Security Assistance Force Commander meet in the Commandant's House in Washington, D.C.
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.


Related: Trump Chooses Retired Marine Gen John Kelly For Homeland Security Secretary »

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.

Related: Some Call This Mattis’ One Mistake In Battle — A Legendary Marine Says Otherwise »

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.

U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Brian Kimball

Editor's Note: This article by Oriana Pawlyk originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

Calling aviation geeks in New York City: The British are coming.

In their first visit to the United States since 2008, the Royal Air Force "Red Arrows" will perform an aerial demonstration next week over the Hudson River, according to an Air Force news release. F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels demonstration teams will also be part of the show.

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U.S. Air National Guard/Staff Sgt. Michelle Y. Alvarez-Rea

Frances and Efrain Santiago, natives of Puerto Rico, wanted to show their support last month for protesters back home seeking to oust the island's governor.

The couple flew the flag of Puerto Rico on the garage of their Kissimmee home. It ticked off the homeowners association.

Someone from the Rolling Hills Estates Homeowners Association left a letter at their home, citing a "flag violation" and warning: "Please rectify the listed violation or you may incur a fine."

Frances Santiago, 38, an Army veteran, demanded to know why.

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A West Point graduate received a waiver from the U.S. Army to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, and play in the NFL while serving as an active-duty soldier.

The waiver for 2nd Lt. Brett Toth was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, who said that Toth signed a three-year deal with the Eagles. Toth graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 2018.

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Indiana National Guard

The Indiana National Guard soldier who was killed on Thursday in a training accident at Fort Hood has been identified as 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Andrew Michael St. John, of Greenwood, Indiana.

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QUETTA, Pakistan/KABUL (Reuters) - The brother of the leader of the Afghan Taliban was among at least four people killed in a bomb blast at a mosque in Pakistan on Friday, two Taliban sources told Reuters, an attack that could affect efforts to end the Afghan war.

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