Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled to Florida to discuss global operations at the headquarters of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base and to meet with U.S. Southern Command leaders in Miami.
Mattis told reporters traveling with him to U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida, that the U.S. works to maintain a steady engagement and open lines of communications with its military allies. Story
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.