HIDALGO - Former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Gen. James N. Mattis congratulates U.S. Marine Cpl. Christian Enriquez at MCB (Marine Corps Base) Quantico Virginia.

Cpl. Enriquez is a 2015 Robert Vela graduate from Edinburg, TX whose six uncles served in the U.S. Army.

Gen. Mattis was the commandant of U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), Combat Development, U.S. Joint Forces and U.S. Central Command. Mattis was the 26th Secretary of Defense between 2017-19 and served in the Persian Gulf War, the Afghanistan war and the Iraq war.