Secretary of Defense James Mattis is currently on a tour of several countries to reaffirm the U.S.'s commitment to its partnerships in the Middle East, West Africa and South Asia. The countries he has visited so far include Egypt, Jordan and Pakistan.
Shortly after he arrived at the U.S. embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, Mattis took some time to promote a U.S. Marine from the rank of sergeant to staff sergeant:
#SecDef Mattis took a moment during his 5-day trip to the Middle East, West Africa and South Asia for a Marine's promotion in #Pakistan. https://t.co/Noh70gqNL5 #SecDefTravels pic.twitter.com/zYR5C59ujE
— U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) December 4, 2017
Mattis hasn't hesitated to get involved with promotions or enlistments during his tenure as defense secretary.
In September, Mattis administered the Oath of Enlistment to a group of soldiers attached to the Third U.S. Infantry Regiment who were re-enlisting. The ceremony was conducted while he was visiting Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia.
While en route to Egypt, Mattis told reporters that ISIS is crumbling.
“As you've observed in Syria, the enemy is collapsing,” he explained. “In many cases, faster than many people in the media forecasted. You know, I always stayed away from timelines for this very reason. It's usually slower or faster than any timeline.”