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Secretary of Defense James Mattis may be the hardest working man in the federal government at the moment. Between juggling the ever-changing orders from his boss on joint military exercises with South Korea and assisting the Department of Homeland Security with its current migrant issues, the former Marine Corps general still finds ways to stay humble amid the chaos that is his day job. So it's no surprise that, every once in a while, the Warrior Monk of Washington needs a good, stiff drink.
Case in point: Mattis' recent appearance at this year's commencement for the Naval War College on June 15th, the same weekend he also delivered a lengthy address at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy graduation. After opening with a few signature laughs ("any day outside Washington, D.C., is a sunny day for me," he joked), Mattis struggled to clear this throat.
When finally offered a bottle of water by a sympathetic official, he quipped, "if this was vodka, it'd be a lot better speech."
Ever the consummate role model, Mattis turned his joke into a teachable moment. "I’m not supposed to glamorize alcohol anymore,” he said. “So you young folks, you ignore what I just said.”
A former Marine arrested as he tried to enter the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May with a modified AK-47 rifle, handgun, body armor and ammunition faces federal weapons charges, officials said Friday.
There are 'thousands' of decisions to make about the new Space Force, but the military's 2nd-highest-ranking officer already knows the 'perfect partner'
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
The US military's newest service, the Space Force, is only about a month old, having been signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 20.
Military veterans from throughout Northeast Florida came together Saturday morning to honor comrades in arms who were prisoners of war or missing in action, and remember their sacrifice.
After the plane landed, Pope Army Airfield was silent on Saturday.
A chaplain prayed and a family member sobbed.
Tarah McLaughlin's fingers traced her husband's flag-draped coffin before she pressed two fingers to her lips then pressed her fingers to the coffin.
The remains of Staff Sgt. Ian McLaughlin, 29, of Newport News, Virginia, arrived back to Fort Bragg a week after he was killed Jan. 11 by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
Pfc. Miguel Angel Villalon, 21, of Joliet, Illinois, also was killed in the same incident.
The U.S. Space Force has a name tape for uniforms now. Get excited people.
In a tweet from its official account, the Space Force said its uniform name tapes have "touched down in the Pentagon," sharing a photo of it on the chest of Gen. John W. Raymond, the newly-minted Chief of Space Operations for the new service branch nested in the Department of the Air Force.