The former head of the U.S. Central Command is scheduled to speak at the Wichita Crime Commission’s 62nd Annual Awards Banquet next year.
Retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis will be the keynote speaker at the event, set for Oct. 22, the crime commission said in a news release.
Mattis, a four-star general, in 2013 stepped down from his appointment as head of the U.S. Defense Department’s Central Command, which oversees military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Iran and Yemen. He gained notoriety in 2001 during the U.S. military invasion of Afghanistan and was widely known as a “Marine’s Marine” after standing overnight watch as a brigadier general so a young Marine could spend Christmas with family, the crime commission said.
In additional to his Central Command appointment, Mattis also served as the NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation. Today, he is a sought-after commentator and analyst, according to the news release.