Mattis calls for unity in his first address to the Pentagon

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Secretary of Defense James Mattis visits the Pentagon Memorial in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2017, to pay his respects to those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (JETTE CARR/U.S. AIR FORCE)
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Secretary of Defense James Mattis visits the Pentagon Memorial in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2017, to pay his respects to those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (JETTE CARR/U.S. AIR FORCE)

Mattis calls for unity in his first address to the Pentagon

by: Tara Copp | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: January 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary James Mattis’ first address to the Pentagon was an appeal for unity and a reminder of how military and uniformed personnel in the Defense Department have often served as a beacon in the nation’s most deeply divided times.

Mattis was delivering remarks to honor Martin Luther King Jr. The national day of observance for King was Jan. 16 before Mattis was sworn in as defense secretary.

In our nation’s history, our military has often served as an example to the American people of unity and strength; of how a diverse group of people can be motivated by austere conditions and the grim realities of the battlefield to come together as equals,” Mattis told military and civilian personnel assembled in the Pentagon’s auditorium Wednesday.

Mattis’ address echoed a statement that he issued shortly after being sworn in Friday, the same day as President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Mattis recognized the military and intelligence community for their service as the “sentinels and guardians of our nation.” He also said the nation could see “the fundamental unity of our country” within the Defense Department community.

In his remarks Wednesday, Mattis returned to the theme of unity.

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