I am confident that each of you remains undistracted from our sworn mission to support and defend the Constitution while protecting our way of life. Our Department is proven to be at its best when the times are most difficult. So keep the faith in our country and hold fast, alongside our allies, aligned against our foes.
It has been my high honor to serve at your side. May God hold you safe in the air, on land, and at sea.
My respect for General Mattis was already high; a little puzzled at him accepting a position in this Administration…but know he did it for the right reasons….our Armed Forces.
My respect has only grown.