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February 2017
Travels with Jim Mattis, Secretary of Defense

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled to Belgium, Germany, United Arab Emirates and Iraq to meet with counterparts, leaders and service members in a trip that underscored U.S. commitment to NATO and defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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Secretary Jim Mattis ABOUT THE SECRETARY

Jim 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.