July 8th, 2010
02:24 PM ET
4 years ago

Mattis tapped to head CENTCOM

Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis has been chosen as the new head of U.S. Central Command.
Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis has been chosen as the new head of U.S. Central Command.

Washington (CNN) - Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis has been chosen as the new head of the U.S. Central Command, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Thursday.

Mattis replaces Gen. David Petraeus, who was recently tapped by President Barack Obama to head the military campaign in Afghanistan.


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  1. mike

    One of the best military thinkers and planners of our time – a master at counterinsurgency. Brilliant and disciplined. I served under General Mattis in Iraq and know our troops will be well-guided.

    No better friend, no worse enemy.

    Semper Fi, Sir!

    July 8, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Pkm

    Good choice i wish he was in charge of irac and af we would get things done

    July 8, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. vlw

    Mad Dog Mattis an exceptional leader.

    July 8, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    So this guy is the new administrator of the republican jobs program... ooops... I mean the War on Terror (TM). Have a nice day!

    July 8, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |