Mattis takes oath as 26th defense 
secretary

  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate confirmed on Jan. 20 by a 98-1 vote, retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to be the 26th secretary of defense. Vice President Michael R. Pence administered his oath of office shortly afterward.

  Mattis is the first retired general officer to hold the position since General of the Army George C. Marshall in the early 1950s, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Defense. Congress passed a waiver for the retired four-star general to serve in the position because law requires former service members to have been out . . .

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