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A lawmaker wants to award Mattis the Congressional Gold Medal
U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse will introduce legislation Monday to award former Defense Secretary James Mattis the Congressional Gold Medal.
The award has previously been bestowed on George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, Douglas MacArthur and Harry S Truman.
Newhouse announced plans Thursday night to introduce the General James N. Mattis Congressional Gold Medal Act. He was introducing Mattis, who grew up in Richland, at a Washington Policy Center dinner in Spokane.
The congressman said the legislation is supported by Washington's entire delegation in honor of Mattis' military and civilian contributions.
Newhouse said Mattis' name belongs with the nation's leading heroes.
"I believe James Mattis belongs amongst the giants of American exceptionalism," Newhouse said in remarks shared by his office.
Mattis was born in Pullman, raised in Richland and attended Central Washington University in Ellensburg before starting a stellar military career.
He commanded the U.S. Joint Forces Command, NATO's Supreme Allied Command for Transformation, U.S. Central Command and the Department of Defense.
President Donald Trump made Mattis his Secretary of Defense shortly after the 2016 election.
Mattis served in that capacity until he notified the president a year ago of his plan to step down, saying Trump deserved a secretary whose views better aligned with his own.
In January, President Trump said he had "essentially" fired Mattis because he was dissatisfied with his performance.
Mattis later returned to the Hoover Institution at Stanford University as the Davies Family Distinguished Fellow. The think tank was his professional home after he retired from the Marines until he was nominated to the top defense post.
Mattis made several appearances in Tri-Cities this week, including speaking at a lunch for veterans.
He also speaks Friday evening at a welcome home event for Vietnam veterans in Kennewick. The event is sold out.
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The U.S. government failed to effectively account for nearly $715.8 million in weapons and equipment allocated to Syrian partners as part of the multinational counter-ISIS fight, according to a new report from the Defense Department inspector general.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), has long been seen as an apologist for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, whom she met during a secret trip to Damascus in January 2017.
Most recently, a video was posted on Twitter shows Gabbard evading a question about whether Assad is a war criminal.
Since Gabbard is the only actively serving member of the military who is running for president — she is a major in the Hawaii Army National Guard — Task & Purpose sought to clarify whether she believes Assad has used chlorine gas and chemical weapons to kill his own people.
The Army is almost doubling its purchase of new bolt-action Precision Sniper Rifles as its primary anti-personnel sniper system of choice, according to budget documents.
Air Force gunsmiths recently completed delivery of a new M4-style carbine designed to break down small enough to fit under most pilot ejection seats.
NEWPORT -- The Office of Naval Inspector General has cleared former Naval War College president Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley of most of the allegations of misconduct claimed to have occurred after he took command of the 136-year-old school in July 2016, The Providence Journal has learned.
Harley, in one of a series of interviews with the The Journal, called the findings "deeply gratifying." He said many of the most sensational allegations -- "offers of 'free hugs' and games of Twister in his office" -- reflected a misunderstanding of his sense of humor, which he describes as "quirky," but which he says was intended to ease tensions in what can be a stressful environment.
The allegations, reported last year by the Associated Press, prompted a national controversy that led to Harley leaving the college presidency after almost three years in office.