James Norman “Jim” Mattis, also known as “Mad Dog Mattis”, assumed office on January 20th of this year after a 98-1 vote in the senate. New York Democrat Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand was the only Senator to vote again Mattis.
Mattis is wildly popular among the troops, with popular phrases like “be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet”, and “The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears.”
He is a lifelong bachelor that has given almost his entire life to the USMC, commissioning out of an ROTC program in 1972 in his early 20’s and serving until 2013. Over his career Mattis has served in the Persian Gulf War, the War in Afghanistan, and the War in Iraq. Mattis retired from the Military in 2013, because the National Security Act of 1947 requires a Secretary of Defense to have a 7 year waiting period before assuming the position, Mattis had to be confirmed by the Senate.
Mattis is known as a humble man, with his personal well being coming second to the troops under his command. Recent articles have surfaced of him carrying his own luggage, apparently something that is usually not done by our Secretary of State. Here is a link to that article, http://www.westernjournalism.com/mattis-leads-by-example-carries-own-luggage/