Photo by James Clark

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.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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Task & Purpose photo by James Clark

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.

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