Defense secretary candidate has local ties

WASHINGTON (WVEC) -- President-elect Donald Trump is busy filing positions on his team,  and one man he's considering has ties to Hampton Roads.

General James Mattis -- also known by his nickname "Mad Dog" -- is being considered for Defense Secretary. The two met this weekend.

The 66-year-old retired Marine served in Norfolk after he was appointed to command the U.S. Joint Forces Command.

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If nominated, he would need some help from Congress. Commissioned officers can only serve as Secretary of Defense seven years after active duty.

General Mattis retired in 2013, leaving him four years short.


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