Message to the Department of Defense from Secretary of Defense James Mattis
By James Mattis, U.S. Secretary of Defense // January 21, 2017
Mattis was confirmed as Secretary of Defense
EDITOR’S NOTE: Gen. James Mattis was confirmed as Secretary of Defense on Friday. Mattis was approved by a vote of 98-1. President Donald J. Trump signed the commission and Vice President Mike Pence swore in Mattis. Below is a note from Secretary Mattis to U.S. military personnel after being sworn in as the 26th U.S. Secretary of Defense.
WASHINGTON, DC – It’s good to be back and I’m grateful to serve alongside you as Secretary of Defense.
Together with the Intelligence Community we are the sentinels and guardians of our nation. We need only look to you, the uniformed and civilian members of the Department and your families, to see the fundamental unity of our country.
You represent an America committed to the common good; an America that is never complacent about defending its freedoms; and an America that remains a steady beacon of hope for all mankind.
Every action we take will be designed to ensure our military is ready to fight today and in the future. Recognizing that no nation is secure without friends, we will work with the State Department to strengthen our alliances. Further, we are devoted to gaining full value from every taxpayer dollar spent on defense, thereby earning the trust of Congress and the American people.
I am confident you will do your part. I pledge to you I’ll do my best as your Secretary.
– U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis
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