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December 2017

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis concluded a five-day trip to reaffirm enduring U.S. commitments to partnerships in the Middle East, West Africa and South Asia. In Egypt, Mattis met with that country's leaders before heading to Jordan to attend a meeting on countering violent extremism. He then visited Pakistan and Kuwait for meetings with government and military leaders.

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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.