Retired Marine General with Ties to Tri-Cities Considered for Defense Secretary

Retired Marine General with Ties to Tri-Cities Considered for Defense Secretary

It appears President-elect Donald Trump is turning to a retired Marine general, with ties to the Tri-Cities, to be his Secretary of Defense.

James Mattis was born in Pullman and graduated from high school in Richland back in 1968.

Mattis spent 44 years in the Marine Corps, serving in both Afghanistan and Iraq, particularly during the Battle of Fallujah in 2004.

Mattis would need a congressional waiver to serve as defense secretary.

That’s because retired officers are required to be out of uniform for at least seven years before heading the Pentagon.

Mattis only retired from the military in 2013.