It's official-Gen. Mattis nominated to be CinC of CENTCOM

Discussion in 'US' started by jumpinjarhead, Jul 21, 2010.

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  1. [FONT=&quot]General Officer Announcement [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot] Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today that the President has nominated Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis to serve as commander, U.S. Central Command and for reappointment to the rank of general. Gen. Mattis is currently serving as commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Va. [/FONT]
     
  2. ok jumpin, is this appointment good or bad? Central command covers where, who, any bearing on what our lot are doing ?
     
  3. I admit some bias but even so I am encouraged. He is a combat infantry leader through and through, reported to have good rapport with Petraeus, and has a good regard for allies ( who are willing to fight). Centcom is the US "combatant command" responsible for all US military operations in the middle east and SW Asia so he is the guy Petraeus will look to for all US forces and support in Afhan.

    Mattis is known for his un-PC comments and there has been a lot of speculation about how short leash by Gates and the White House,
     
  4. We also have strong maritime links with CENTCOM including embedded personnel at COMUSNAVCENT's HQ in Bahrain:

    United Kingdom Maritime Component Command (UKMCC)
    Here's the Daily Telegraph's take on the appointment:

    General who said it was 'fun to shoot people' takes over US Central Command


    Does his photo remind anyone else of someone who packed pearl-handled revolvers in a war movie?
     
  5. "They're ivory. Only a pimp from a cheap New Orleans whorehouse would carry a pearl-handled pistol."