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Who is James Mattis is? 5 things to know about the Minister of defense

For more than a year, James “Jim” Mattis, President of Trump’s secretary of defense.

In his position, Mattis, 67, has resisted with the management, the limit for the stay in the USA in the Iran nuclear deal ” and supports Trump’s plan to, transgender persons from military service, according to the White house.

Mattis has served a storied history in the U.S. Marines. In addition, he served on the Board of Theranos, a competitive medical technology company. He took over the office of the state Minister for defence on 20. January of 2017.

Here are five things to know about the defense Minister.

Mattis has served in the military since he was 18

Jim Mattis of the Marine Corps Reserve, joined when he was 18 years old.

(Reuters/Phil Stewart)

Mattis served in the U.S. Marines for more than 40 years, starting at the age of 18 years, when he was in the Marine Corps Reserve, joined, according to his defense Department biography.

Born in Richland, Washington, about 200 miles Southeast of Seattle, Mattis, the Central Washington University graduated in 1971, and a Lieutenant in the Marine Corps after school, it was said, of his biography.

He served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and “led all U.S. naval forces in the Middle East as commander, I Marine Expeditionary Force and U.S. Marine Forces Central Command,” according to his biography. He was also responsible for the 1st Marine Division in the “initial attack and subsequent stability operations in Iraq in 2003.”

In addition, Mattis served as the NATO Supreme Allied Commander from 2007 to 2009.

Obama appointed him as the commander of the U.S. Central Command

Mattis took over as commander of the U.S. Central Command in 2010, according to an archived Version of the Marines.

“His insights into the nature of warfare in the 21st century significantly influenced my views about the shape and posture of our armed forces for a complex and unpredictable future,” then-Secretary of defense Robert Gates, Mattis said at the time.

He was officially appointed to replace the position of the former President Barack Obama, Gen. David Petraeus.

In the position, Mattis more than 200 supervised 000 service members, according to his defense Department biography.

He retired from the Marine Corps in 2013.

Mattis is in need of a special Declaration to lead DOD

Minister of defense of Jim Mattis was approved almost unanimously, that his position by the Senate.

(Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

Before he was confirmed, by the Senate, the Ministry of defence, the retired general needed a special permit.

According to the National Security Act of 1947, the Secretary of defense must “be ordered, the life of the civilian.” The law, said the candidate must be from active service for at least 10 years. However, Congress amended the law, reported from 10 to seven years in 2008, NBC News.

The house and the Senate passed ultimately to the resignation with a plurality of opposing Democrats.

Before the waiver was granted, Trump said, “There is not a lot of angry people” when it passed.

Only one senator voted against his confirmation

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, was the only senator to vote Mattis’ confirmation. Jeff Sessions, a Republican senator from Alabama, was not entitled to vote, the only member.

Gillibrand met with Mattis private, but ultimately decided, however, agree to a waiver, to lead him to would allow the defense Department.

“He served our country admirably,” Gillibrand said, according to The Hill. “He is well regarded as an exceptional general, and I am very grateful for this service and I am very grateful that he is still willing to put his service for the President-elect. But I still believe that civilian control of the military is one of the foundations of American democracy.”

Mattis apparently not a fan of his legendary nickname

Known for his sometime colorful rhetoric – called “Mattisisms” – the general retired, has the nickname of “Mad Dog” Mattis.”

But during his Senate hearing, Mattis showed that he may not be the biggest fan of the name.

“Senator, I can assure you that the nickname was given to me by the press and some of you have similar events with the press, where you may not get it quite right,” said Mattis.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.

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