February 19, 2021
“A Conversation on Leadership” with General James N. Mattis, USMC (Ret.)
CHARLESTOWN, MA (February 19, 2021)—The USS Constitution Museum welcomes General James N. Mattis, USMC (Ret.), U.S. Secretary of Defense (2017-2018), for a virtual program on Tuesday, February 23, 1:00 p.m. EST.
General Mattis joins the Museum for A Conversation on Leadership, which includes a talk and Q&A session on principled leadership and service to our nation. He will be introduced by General Joseph Dunford, USMC (Ret.), 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2015-2019).
This event is the USS Constitution Museum’s LT William S. Bush Memorial Lecture. The Lecture honors the memory of LT William S. Bush, the first U.S. Marine Corp officer to die in combat, while serving aboard USS Constitution in the War of 1812.
Tickets are available to the public. Any voluntary contributions will benefit the Museum’s Colonel Drew Ley Fund and support future LT Bush Memorial Breakfasts and Lectures, as well as other Marine Corps programs.
The USS Constitution Museum is currently closed and offering robust digital experiences in its Virtual Museum through its social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and the website usscm.org.
About General James N. Mattis, USMC (Ret.)
General James N. Mattis served as the 26th Secretary of Defense. During his more than four decades in uniform, Gen. Mattis commanded Marines at all levels, from an infantry rifle platoon to a Marine Expeditionary Force. He led an infantry battalion in Iraq in 1991, an expeditionary brigade in Afghanistan after the 9/11 terror attack in 2001, a Marine Division in the initial attack, and subsequent stability operations in Iraq in 2003. Gen. Mattis led all U.S. Marine Forces in the Middle East as Commander, I Marine Expeditionary Force and U.S. Marine Forces Central Command. During his non-combat assignments, he served as Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense; as Director, Marine Corps Manpower Plans & Policy; as Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command; and as Executive Secretary to the Secretary of Defense. Following his retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2013, Gen. Mattis served as the Davies Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, specializing in the study of leadership, national security, strategy, innovation, and the effective use of military force. Gen. Mattis is the co-author of Call Sign Chaos, a clear-eyed account of learning how to lead in a chaotic world.
About General Joseph Dunford, Jr. USMC (Ret.)
General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. served as the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, and the principal military advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense, and National Security Council from Oct. 1, 2015, through Sept. 30, 2019. Prior to becoming Chairman, Gen. Dunford served as the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps. He previously served as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps from 2010 to 2012 and was Commander, International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces-Afghanistan from February 2013 to August 2014. He has served as an infantry officer at all levels, including command of 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, and the 5th Marine Regiment.
About the USS Constitution Museum
The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of “Old Ironsides” and those associated with her. This award-winning non-profit provides an environment where inter-generational groups seeking an enjoyable and educational experience can have fun while learning and exploring history together. The Museum’s mission is to engage all ages in the story of Constitution to spark excitement about maritime heritage, naval service, and the American experience. For more information, visit usscm.org.