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Former Centcom Chief James Mattis Joins General Dynamics Board of Directors

James Mattis
James Mattis

Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, who led U.S. Central Command for three years until March 2013, has joined the board of directors of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD)

The nearly four-decade military veteran officially joined the board Wednesday and retired from the Marine Corps in May, the company said Wednesday.

Earlier this week, Mattis was also announced as a full-time Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Prior to Centcom, he led U.S. Joint Forces Command between 2007 and 2010.

“Jim Mattis is a visionary and an inspiring leader who is renowned for his wisdom, courage and integrity, ” said Phebe Novakovic, General Dynamics chairman and CEO.

He commanded the 1st Marine Division during the first attack and subsequent stability operations in Iraq during the 2003 war as a major general.

Prior to that, he led the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Task Force 58 in southern Afghanistan during the 2001 war as a brigadier general.

As a lieutenant colonel, he led an assault battalion in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

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