Defense Secretary James N. Mattis traveled to Indonesia and Vietnam to meet with leaders to discuss security challenges and shared interests. He concluded his trip with a visit to Hawaii, where he met with the commander of U.S. Pacific Command.
Mattis, South Korean Defense Minister Meet in Hawaii
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo reaffirmed the mission to defend South Korea and to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula during a meeting at U.S. Pacific Command headquarters in Honolulu. Story
Diplomatic efforts backed by military strength are required to achieve the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said at a news conference with his South Korean counterpart in Hawaii. Story
James N. Mattis became the 26th defense secretary Jan. 20, 2017. During more than four decades in uniform, he commanded Marines at all levels, including in combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a joint force commander, he commanded U.S. Joint Forces Command, NATO's Supreme Allied Command for Transformation and U.S. Central Command.