From left, U.S. Southern Command Commander Gen. John F. Kelly; Gen. James N. Mattis; International Security Assistance Force Commander Gen. Joseph F. Dunford; 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC) Gen. James F. Amos; CMC photographer. Sgt. Mallory S. VanderSchans; Gen. John R. Allen; and the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., gather at the Home of the Commandants in Washington, D.C., April 19, 2013. This marks the first time that six four-star generals are actively serving in the Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps HQMC Combat Camera/Released)

The picture above speaks volums about Marine Corps leadership. The Marine Corps doesn't just promote four stars at the rate of the other branches. Because the Marine Corps has a four star as the Commandant of the Marine Corps, there are usually only one to three four stars but at the time of this picture, there were six. Now,, some of the Generals have retired, been forced out by the current administration and some have even announced their speaker role for Hillary.  However, the three on the right are now working with President Elect Trump.

U.S. Southern Command Commander  Gen. John F. Kelly; Gen. James N. Mattis; International Security Assistance Force Commander Gen. Joseph F. Dunford; 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

I worked with Gen Dunford in Ramadi when he was with I MEF at the center of chaos in 2004 (good times), then had Gen Mattis visit us there as well around the end of 2004 (you can read about that here)

Gen Kelly visit my unit when I was Executive Officer (XO) in Helmand Province in 2009 (class act General)

Many may see these selections as robust because they are Marine Corps four star Generals. Many may even raise the eye brows because Trump is loading up a heavy military signature in his campaign. I can tell you this, with meeting and working along side some of these Generals, Trump is filling his cabinet with first rate leaders who are wicked smart. The enemy of America is not happy right about now. Time for a C-Gar

Trump has floated other generals and admirals for his Cabinet, including Gen. David Petraeus for secretary of state and Adm. Michael Rogers for director of national intelligence. Michael Flynn, his controversial choice for national security adviser, is a retired lieutenant general who headed the Defense Intelligence Agency.

These choices don’t come without pushback. Some, like Phillip Carter, a former Army officer with the Center for a New American Security, have argued that Trump’s reliance on retired military brass for traditionally civilian-led organizations could jeopardize civil-military relations. Read more here


  1. Miss putting a Marine in a position, miss the mission objective. Civi’s know squat what it takes to really put those boots on before before the sun wakes for the day, and they know not what it takes to carry a burden of making sure every one has what they need before they need it.
    IMHO we need more military in these types of positions. Civilians seem to easy to send down the path of “The Snipe Hunter”, gunny sack and all.
    Yet you get the wrong General on a mission and soon as you blink you faithful weapon has a little Bible verse ground off and you have to re-scribe it in your self. But that’s how ya get a promotion or new command in his world. I guess.
    So when does President Elect Trump get around to pullin our favorite Major to the table?
    “XO” of the “Office of Common Sense & No B.S.”
    Time for a c’gar?

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