COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. - Secretary of Defense James Mattis will give the commencement address at the 2018 U.S. Air Force Academy graduation ceremony.
The announcement from USAFA superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, as part of his State of the U.S.Air Force Academy briefing on Friday afternoon.
The graduation ceremony is scheduled for May 23.
According to the Air Force, this will be Mattis's first visit to the Academy as defense secretary.
The last defense secretary to deliver the address was Robert Gates in 2007.