Here’s The Goodbye Letter James Mattis Penned to DOD Employees
Defense Secretary James Mattis is leaving his post on January 1. As the new year draws ever closer, Mattis took time on New Year’s Eve to send a final farewell letter to his employees at the Department of Defense.
Addressed to “ALL DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EMPLOYEES” with the subject “Farewell Message” he wrote:
On February 1, 1865, President Lincoln sent to General Ulysses S. Grant a one sentence telegram. It read: “Let nothing which is transpiring, change, hinder, or delay your military movements, or plans.”
Our Department’s leadership, civilian and military, remains in the best possible hands. I am confident that each of you remains undistracted from our sworn mission to support and defend the Constitution while protecting our way of life. Our Department is proven to be at its best when the times are most difficult. So keep the faith in our country and hold fast, alongside our allies, aligned against our foes.
It has been my high honor to serve at your side. May God hold you safe in the air, on land, and at sea.
With Mattis leaving his position under duress, he is replaced in the interim by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, who is best known as a systems management enforcer less so than a policy guy.
Here’s the actual letter Mattis sent on Monday, December 31, 2018.