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James Mattis Confirmed as Defense Secretary

The Senate has confirmed James Mattis, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general and former chief of the U.S. Central Command, as defense secretary under President Donald Trump’s administration, The Hill newspaper reported Friday. Rebecca Kheel writes Trump signed a waiver legislation to exempt Mattis from a law that requires the Defense Department‘s civilian leader to …

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Gen. John Kelly: Southcom Taking 26% Cut Without Sequester

Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, chief of U.S. Southern Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday the command is cutting its budget by 26 percent without the additional cuts under sequestration. With sequestration, Kelly said Southcom could have no assigned surface assets to conduct detention and monitoring operations as …

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Marines Gen. John Kelly Assumes Southcom Leadership

Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly took command of U.S. Southern Command during a change-of-command ceremony Monday in Miami, according to a Southcom release. Kelly succeeds Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser, who previously led Southcom since in June 2009 and is retiring after a 37-year military career. As Southcom head, Kelly …

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US Afghan Commander John Allen Nominated to Head NATO, EUCOM

Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, commander of international coalition forces in Afghanistan, has been nominated NATO’s supreme allied commander and commander of U.S. European Command, Stars and Stripes reports. According to John Vandiver’s report, Allen would take over NATO and EUCOM in the spring, pending confirmation from the Senate. The …

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