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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 “No. They're pretty calm, pretty matter of fact,” Mattis said, rocking a pair of BCGs that have since been replaced by some other interesting choices in attire.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 Veterans of Foreign Wars has demanded an apology from President Trump over recent comments in which he downplayed the seriousness of traumatic brain injuries suffered by American troops in an Iranian missile attack.
"The Veterans of Foreign Wars cannot stand idle on this matter," William "Doc" Schmitz, VFW National Commander, said in a statement Friday, noting TBI is a serious injury known to cause depression, memory loss, severe headaches and other symptoms in the short and long-term.
President Donald Trump tweeted out the logo for the brand-new U.S. Space Force on Friday, presenting it as a collaboration between "Great Military Leaders, designers and others."
Thing is, fans of Star Trek will find that the logo looks strikingly familiar. In fact, it looks almost exactly like the emblem of Starfleet, the uniformed space force maintained by the United Federation of Planets.
The Navy is investigating dozens of videos of service members changing in a bathroom which were then shared on the website PornHub, according to a NBC News report.
According to the report, an agent from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service found the videos on PornHub earlier this month. The videos, which have since been taken down, show civilians, sailors and Marines, some of whom have visible name tapes.
Two Army Ranger medics saved lives by taking fresh blood from uninjured soldiers in the middle of a firefight
We already knew that Army Rangers were a unique breed of badass, but performing real-time blood transfusions while under enemy fire on the battlefield takes it to an entirely new level.