A Look Inside Donald Trump’s Cabinet

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Secretary_of_Defense_Chuck_Hagel_laughs_with_General_James_Mattis_after_the_U.S._Central_Command_change_of_command_at_McDill_Air_Force_Base_in_Tampa_FloridaJames Mattis (Secretary of Defense)

James N. Mattis (born September 8, 1950) is a retired United States Marine Corps general who last served as the 11th Commander of United States Central Command, the Unified Combatant Command responsible for American military operations in the Middle East, Northeast Africa and Central Asia, from August 11, 2010 to March 22, 2013.

Before President Obama appointed Mattis to replace General Petraeus on August 11, 2010, he previously commanded United States Joint Forces Command from November 9, 2007 to August 2010 and served concurrently as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation from November 9, 2007 to September 8, 2009. Prior to that, he commanded I Marine Expeditionary Force, United States Marine Forces Central Command, and 1st Marine Division during the Iraq War.