By choosing retired Marine General John Kelly to serve as Homeland Security Secretary, President-elect Donald Trump appears to be assembling a ‘Band of Brothers’ rather than a ‘Team of Rivals,’ the model used by President Obama to form his first cabinet.
Kelly is the highest ranking military officer to have a child killed in combat.
Four days after his son was killed, he delivered an emotional speech in St. Louis to the Semper Fi Society, a speech that has become iconic within the military and among military families. He called out the fact that so few families serve and so few are protecting so many.
“We are in a life-and-death struggle, but not our whole country,” Kelly said in the November 2010 speech. “One percent of Americans are touched by this war. Then there is a much smaller club of families who have given all.”
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