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Ryan Zinke, former Navy SEAL commander, lauds James Mattis as ‘command warrior’ | Washington Times
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Ryan Zinke, former Navy SEAL commander, lauds James Mattis as ‘command warrior’ | Washington Times

Rep. Ryan K. Zinke remembers a wartime encounter with then-Marine Corps Maj. Gen. James N. Mattis when the congressman was a Navy SEAL commander in Iraq and the now-defense secretary-designate was planning the first invasion of Fallujah in 2004.

Gen. Mattis, as told in Mr. Zinke’s new autobiography, “American Commander,” was a division chief destined to earn four stars and become head of U.S. Central Command.

Then-Navy Cmdr. Zinke, Gen. Mattis and others did an “eyes-on” surveillance to judge what was needed that spring to purge the city in Iraq’s western Anbar province from the clutches of vicious Sunni insurgents.

Source: Ryan Zinke, former Navy SEAL commander, lauds James Mattis as ‘command warrior’ – Washington Times