Gates pegs Amos to lead Marine Corps

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WASHINGTON, June 15 (UPI) -- Pentagon chief Robert Gates has recommended that Gen. James Amos be the next U.S. Marine Corps commandant, officials told Politico.
French general takes NATO role

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NORFOLK, Va., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- French Gen. Stephane Abrial has succeeded U.S. Gen. James Mattis as NATO's supreme allied commander, the alliance announced Thursday.

Future warfare focus of Va. trade show

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., May 13 (UPI) -- Marine Gen. James Mattis said at the Joint Warfighting 09 trade show in Virginia Beach, Va., such warfare gatherings are vital for the future.

NATO commander seeks anti-IED technology

BRUSSELS, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The top commander of NATO said Wednesday the alliance needs complex technology to deter the effectiveness of improvised explosive devices.

Many troops unprepared for IEDs

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- An investigation has found nearly 15,000 U.S. troops serving in Iraq did not receive training against improvised explosive devices before deployment.

Iraqi testimony suspect in Marine case

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., July 11 (UPI) -- Iraqi witness testimony against one of the U.S. Marines accused of killing civilians isn't credible, a hearing officer at Camp Pendleton, Calif., said.

Assault charges against Marine dropped

CAMP PENDELTON, Calif., May 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marines, in a statement from Camp Pendelton, Calif., said charges against a lieutenant accused of assault against Iraqi civilians had been dropped.

Charges dropped against one Marine

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., April 17 (UPI) -- Murder charges against one U.S. Marine accused in the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians have been dropped in return for his testimony against seven other Marines.

Words Matter: Stupid mouth

DALLAS, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Stupid mouth. All of us have had the disease at some point. We opened our mouths and the most incredibly stupid, or hurtful, or ridiculous words came out. Lt. G

Marine's 'fun to shoot' comment draws ire

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The leader of the U.S. Marines has admonished one of his generals for insensitive remarks about killing people.

'PC' concerns delayed general's star

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Just back from war, a Marine general received his third star last month after a four-month delay for his failure to use "gender neutral" terms in an e-mail.

Iraqi fighters earn medals from Marines

WASHINGTON, June 10 (UPI) -- Five members of the Iraqi Civil Defense Force are in line to receive Marine medals and commendations for saving a U.S. Marine's life.

U.S. troops battle boredom, complacency

CAMP GRIZZLY, Kuwait, March 14 (UPI) -- The Bush administration's apparent decision to not push a Friday vote in the United Nations on punitive action against Iraq comes at a critical time for U.S. mi
RICHARD TOMKINS, UPI White House Correspondent
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James Mattis
President George W. Bush meets the Joint Chiefs and Combatant Commanders in the Cabinet Room of the White House on January 29, 2008. Left to Right: General James Mattis, General James Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joshua Bolten,White House Chief of Staff,Vice President Dick Cheney, President Bush, Gordon England,Deputy Secretary of Defense. In foreground General James T. Conway, Commandant of the Marine Corps. and Admiral Michael G. Mullen Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff (UPI Photo/Dennis Brack/Pool)

James N. Mattis is a United States Marine Corps general and the current commander of United States Central Command. Having replaced David Petraeus on August 11, 2010, he previously commanded United States Joint Forces Command and served concurrently as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Transformation from November 9, 2007 to September 8, 2009. Prior to that, he commanded I Marine Expeditionary Force, United States Marine Forces Central Command, and 1st Marine Division during the Iraq War.

Mattis was born in Pullman, Washington, attended Central Washington University and was commissioned a second lieutenant January 1, 1972. As a lieutenant, he served as a rifle and weapons platoon commander in the 3rd Marine Division. As a captain, he commanded a rifle company and a weapons company in the 1st Marine Brigade, then Recruiting Station Portland as a major. Promoted to lieutenant colonel, he commanded 1st Battalion 7th Marines, one of Task Force Ripper's assault battalions in the Gulf War. As a colonel, he commanded 7th Marine Regiment, then 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Task Force 58 during Operation Enduring Freedom in southern Afghanistan as a brigadier general. As the commander of TF-58, he became the first Marine to command a Naval Task Force in combat. As a major general, he commanded the 1st Marine Division during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and subsequent stability operations in during the Iraq War. Mattis played a key role in the April 2004 battle of Fallujah, Operation Vigilant Resolve, by negotiating with the insurgent command inside of the city, as well as playing an important part in planning the subsequent Operation Phantom Fury in November.

After being promoted to lieutenant general, Mattis took command of Marine Corps Combat Development Command. On February 1, 2005, speaking ad libitum at a forum in San Diego, he said "You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually, it's a lot of fun to fight. You know, it's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right upfront with you, I like brawling." Mattis's remarks sparked controversy and General Michael Hagee, Commandant of the Marine Corps, issued a statement suggesting that Mattis should have chosen his words more carefully, but would not be disciplined. Following a Pentagon survey that showed only 55% of soldiers and 40% of Marines would report a colleague for abusing civilians, Mattis told his Marines in May 2007, “Whenever you show anger or disgust toward civilians, it's a victory for Al Qaeda and other insurgents.” Reflecting an understanding of the need for restraint in war as key to defeating an insurgency, he added that, "Every time you wave at an Iraqi civilian, Al Qaeda rolls over in its grave."

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