8 years, 12 months ago
The U.S. Senate confirmed the next commander of the U.S. Joint Forces Command in a vote here today.
Marine Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis, who currently serves as commanding general of the I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., and commander of U.S. Marine Forces Central Command, will replace Air Force Gen. Lance Smith, who announced his retirement earlier this summer after a career of 38 years
As USJFCOM’s commander, Mattis will pin on his fourth star and will be responsible for maximizing future and present military capabilities of the United States by leading the transformation of joint forces through enhanced joint concept development and experimentation, identifying joint requirements, advancing interoperability, conducting joint training and providing ready U.S. forces and capabilities – all in support of U.S. combatant commanders around the world. He will exercise combatant command of approximately 1.16 million personnel through his Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps service components.
NATO has also agreed to appoint Mattis as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander-Transformation.
I have been watching USJFCOM from afar for a while, wondering about the value added that their existence brings. Not denying, just wondering. With Mattis in responsible charge, I will not wonder any longer. They could not do any better than to get Mattis.