While en route to visiting U.S. troops on the southwestern border, Mattis explained to reporters that he double knife-handed the "Faithful Patriot” name because he thought it had too much of a military vibe.
“I had given instructions: I do not want to put this mission in some arcane military terms,” Mattis said. “If what we’re doing is laying wire, don’t talk about implementing a barrier plan — that’s what we do in training. I want to talk to the American people because this is a highly politically visible issue and I want you to tell them what we’re doing."
“I want you to tell them we are operating in support of customs or of border police," Mattis said. "Do not say we are supporting a federal agency. Tell them what we’re doing."
“So, when you saw the reporting coming out, it was my continued direction to quit using military terms," he added. "Quit using terms that mean a lot to us and are subject to misinterpretation by people untrained at Fort Leavenworth and Command and Staff College. That’s all I changed.”
Toward that end, Mattis has told the U.S. military not to say it is working to “secure” a location because the word can be interpreted in several ways, he said.
“I said: 'Talk in terms that people understand,'" he said. "It’s their country. It’s their border."
Staff Sgt. John Eller conducts pre-flights check on his C-17 Globemaster III Jan. 3 prior to taking off from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii for a local area training mission. Sgt. Eller is a loadmaster from the 535th Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)
CUCUTA, Colombia — The Trump administration ratcheted up pressure Saturday on beleaguered Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, dispatching U.S. military planes filled with humanitarian aid to this city on the Venezuelan border.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan speaks at the annual Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Saturday he had not yet determined whether a border wall with Mexico was a military necessity or how much Pentagon money would be used.
President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval.
A pair of U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron VF-211 Fighting Checkmates in flight over Iraq in 2003/Department of Defense
Since the sequel to the 1986 action flick (and wildly successful Navy recruitment tool) Top Gun, was announced, there's been a lot of speculation on what Top Gun: Maverick will be about when it premieres in June 2020. While the plot is still relatively unclear, we know Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Naval aviator Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, and he'll be joined by a recognizable costar: The iconic F-14 Tomcat.
It looks like the old war plane will be coming out of retirement for more than just a cameo. A number of recently surfaced photos show an F-14 Tomcat aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, alongside Cruise and members of the film's production crew, the Drive's Tyler Rogoway first reported earlier this week.