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February 2018

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis traveled to Europe to reaffirm key partnerships and alliances. He met with defense leaders in Rome before traveling to Brussels for a NATO Defense Ministerial. Mattis wrapped up his trip in Germany, where he met with the leaders and troops from U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command and attended the 54th Munich Security Conference.

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Secretary Jim Mattis ABOUT THE SECRETARY

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.