Secretary of Defense James Mattis faces some of the same problems you do. While on his way to deliver an essential military speech, he got stuck in traffic. Like everyday people who need to endure rush hour traffic every day on their way to and from work, Mattis realized the traffic was putting him behind schedule. But unlike most people, Secretary Mattis refused to let traffic slow down his purpose. His talk was very important.
He was on his way to John Hopkins University to introduce a new version of the National Defense Strategy when he learned that his motorcade had no hope of getting him there on time.
The retired Marine hated to be late. Because he was close, he exited the vehicle and walked the last 15 minutes to make it on time.
That’s right, Secretary Mattis exited his vehicle and walked the remaining way to the influential university campus. He took matters into his own hands.
The chief spokesman for the Pentagon, Dana White, posted an image of Mattis and his staff walking to their destination.
White tweeted, “#SecDef Mattis refuses to be late, so he walked the last 15 minutes of his trip to (John Hopkins) where he delivered remarks on the #NationalDefenseStrategy.”
White tweeted additional hashtags including #NeverLate and #AlwaysOnTime.
Throughout his career, Mattis has earned several nicknames. These include “Mad Dog” and the “Warrior Monk.” And based on his history, no one should be surprised that he took matters into his own hands to get to the speech on time.
Because Mattis has four decades of military experience on his resume, he has proven to be a reliable and dedicated professional who takes his job very seriously.
When he got to the stage, he delivered his speech. He told the audience that the new strategy focuses on competitiveness.
“Great power competition, not terrorism, is now the primary focus of U.S. national security,” Mattis said, according to Fox News. “We face growing threats from revisionist powers as different as China and Russia, nations that seek to create a world consistent with their authoritarian models.”
Mattis was also not afraid to point out America’s military flaws. He claims the military has gotten worse at responding to threats.
“Our competitive edge has eroded in every domain of warfare – air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace – and is continually eroding.”
Mattis believes that a strong and generously funded military is the answer. And with the GOP tax bill, it looks like the military should be funded well in the upcoming Republican years.
To end his speech, Mattis issued a threat to any nation that intended to cause harm or threaten the American way of life.
“To those who would threaten America’s experiment in democracy: If you challenge us, it will be your longest and worst day.”
Secretary Mattis is ready to get America’s military ready for the modern era and get things back up to tiptop shape.
And while he works toward that agenda, Mattis will continue to show up on time and work as hard as he can. You can always count on “Mad Dog” Mattis to do what he says he will do. He has integrity.