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This Retro Interview Reveals A Young Jim Mattis Before He Was ‘Mad Dog’
Long before James Mattis was Secretary of Defense, he was a Marine general known throughout the Corps as a tough-talking, no-bullshit commander. But everyone has to start somewhere. So, if you’ve ever wondered what “Mad Dog” Mattis was like before he earned his nom de guerre from the media — his preferred nickname is reportedly his old callsign: CHAOS, meaning the Colonel Has An Outstanding Solution — you’re in luck.
Facebook friend posted this clip of interviews with Marines during the Gulf War.
— Paul Szoldra (@PaulSzoldra) September 1, 2017
A 1990 news broadcast, surfaced in a Sept. 1 tweet from Business Insider editor and Marine veteran Paul Szoldra, reveals a 40-year-old Lt. Col. James Mattis, then the commander of 1st Battalion, 7th Marines as part of Task Force Ripper during Operation Desert Shield.
In the broadcast, legendary NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw asks Mattis how his Marines are holding up: “These are Marines, but they're young kids, they've never been in this situation before... Are they having to deal with nerves, as well?”
Now, keep in mind, this is the same Mattis who famously told reporters during a panel discussion on Afghanistan at the San Diego Convention Center that “It's fun to shoot some people” — and that was just back in 2005. “I'll be right up there with you,” the then-three-star general said. “I like brawling.”
So how’d a Marine whose characteristic frankness has earned his missives their own designation respond to Brokaw’s question? “No. They're pretty calm, pretty matter of fact,” Mattis said, rocking a pair of BCGs that have since been replaced by some other interesting choices in attire. “They know what's expected of them and they're all hard charging and ready to go.”
Though when Brokaw asks the Marines if they’re nervous, the answers are a bit different. Someone probably had to fill a few extra sandbags after that.
The U.S. Military Academy identified a cadet who has been missing since Friday evening as 20-year-old Kade Kurita.
A search began for Kurita after he failed to report for a scheduled military skills competition around 5:30pm on Friday. West Point officials said in the Tuesday press release that he is believed to still be nearby.
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Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Radio Free Europe/Radio Free Liberty
Russian President Vladimir Putin says he and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have made "momentous" decisions regarding Ankara's military offensive in northeast Syria, with both sides saying they had agreed to conduct joint military patrols in the tense region.
Russian and Turkish officials said a five-day U.S.-brokered truce had been extended for 150 hours, starting on midday on October 23, and that Kurdish militias would be required to clear out of a 30-kilometer buffer zone along the Turkish border.
A Navy lieutenant and his wife were arrested in a joint FBI and NCIS raid Thursday in the San Jose area.
The raid occurred at the home of Navy Lt. Fan Yang and his wife, Yang Yang.
Documents obtained by First Coast News say Fan Yang currently holds a top-secret U.S. security clearance and is actively serving in the Navy in a sensitive anti-submarine warfare unit. He was assigned to the Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance Weapons School at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.