It is official, President-elect Trump recently selected (Ret.) General Mattis as his Secretary of Defense. Rep. Ryan Zinke and many other veterans that served with Gen. Mattis in the past have stepped up to show their support for President Trump’s SECDEF choice. Zinke served 23 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL (1985-2008) which included two tours with SEAL Team Six, as both the deputy and acting commander of Joint Special Forces in Iraq. In 2004, Rep. Zinke and Gen. Mattis were both based in Fallujah when the city basically exploded with insurgent activity. Since this time Iraq together, both men have remained good friends. You can read Rep. Zinke’s statement supporting Gen. Mattis as the SECDEF below:

The following statement is from Congressman Ryan Zinke (R-MT):

 

“The time I was tackled by a young Marine sergeant while briefing General James N. Mattis in Fallujah in 2004 was neither the first nor last time a Marine would save my life. But it was certainly the most memorable. It was one of the first of many briefings with General Mattis – a Marine’s Marine whose God-given ability to inspire and lead men and women on the battlefield is legendary. My experience serving with General Mattis in Iraq was one of the most formidable times in my 23-year service with the U.S. Navy SEALs. I learned a lot from the ‘Warrior Monk’ and can think of no other man or woman who is as well-equipped to serve as the next Secretary of Defense at this point in time.”