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Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. "Jerry" Boykin

Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin Praises Selection of Gen. Mattis for Secretary of Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin*, former U.S. Army Delta Force commander and current Family Research Council executive vice president, made the following comments in praising President-elect Trump’s choice of retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis as the next Secretary of Defense:

General Mattis is first and foremost a warrior. He understands what is needed now in order to restore military readiness and to reestablish the warrior ethos.

The selection of Mattis is a strong indication that President-elect Trump is serious about restoring the nation’s military to where it needs to be. The services are struggling to meet their goals because of the declining morale of service members and the social experiments that have become pervasive. I’m confident that Gen. Mattis will make recruiting and retention of the best people a priority.

General Mattis will be a great secretary of defense.


*Jerry Boykin

Family Research Council Executive Vice President
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. “Jerry” Boykin serves as Family Research Council’s Executive Vice President.

He was one of the original members of the U.S. Army’s Delta Force. He was privileged to ultimately command these elite warriors in combat operations. Later, Jerry Boykin commanded all the Army’s Green Berets as well as the Special Warfare Center and School.

In all, Lt. Gen. Boykin spent 36 years in the army, serving his last four years as the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. He is an ordained minister with a passion for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and encouraging Christians to become warriors in God’s Kingdom.

Jerry and his wife Ashley enjoy spending time with their five children and growing number of grandchildren.


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