When news began circulating that retired Marine Gen. James Mattis will serve as our next secretary of defense, I had trouble hiding my excitement. I enlisted in 2008 when Mattis was a legend among Marines. There were countless stories about his devotion to the Marines under his command, the moral of each story was always that Mattis is a Marine’s Marine.
While I was in the Marines, I served as a combat correspondent, deploying twice to Afghanistan with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. While I had a fair amount of training on how to do my job, it never included instruction on how to set up my kit so I could work comfortably and effectively.