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Marine's Mattis to take over Central Command

4 years ago July 08, 2010 Jul 8, 2010 Thursday, July 08 2010 Thursday, July 08, 2010 12:21:26 PM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he wants Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to take over U.S. Central Command.

Mattis would replace Gen. David Petraeus, who is now in Afghanistan as the top U.S. and NATO military officer there.

Mattis is a blunt-talking seasoned war veteran best known for leading troops into the bloody battle of Fallujah in Iraq in 2004.

He also is known for a 2005 speech in San Diego in which he said it was "fun to shoot some people."

He was later chastised by his superiors for the remark but not formally reprimmanded.

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