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Secretary of the Defense Jim Mattis speaks with Airmen at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 13, 2017. During his visit, Mattis toured 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing units and spoke with Airmen emphasizing the importance of the nuclear deterrence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Secretary of the Defense Jim Mattis speaks with Airmen at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 13, 2017. During his visit, Mattis toured 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing units and spoke with Airmen emphasizing the importance of the nuclear deterrence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Secretary of the Defense Jim Mattis speaks with Airmen at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 13, 2017. During his visit, Mattis toured 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing units and spoke with Airmen emphasizing the importance of the nuclear deterrence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Secretary of the Defense Jim Mattis speaks with Airmen at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 13, 2017. During his visit, Mattis toured 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing units and spoke with Airmen emphasizing the importance of the nuclear deterrence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Secretary of the Defense Jim Mattis           arrives at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 13, 2017. During his visit, Mattis toured 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing units and spoke with Airmen emphasizing the importance of the nuclear deterrence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Secretary of the Defense Jim Mattis arrives at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 13, 2017. During his visit, Mattis toured 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing units and spoke with Airmen emphasizing the importance of the nuclear deterrence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Secretary of the Defense Jim Mattis flies aboard a UH-N1 Iroquois above Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 13, 2017. During his visit, Mattis flew to J-01 Missile Alert Facility to speak with 91st Missile Wing members about the importance of the nuclear deterrence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Secretary of the Defense Jim Mattis flies aboard a UH-N1 Iroquois above Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 13, 2017. During his visit, Mattis flew to J-01 Missile Alert Facility to speak with 91st Missile Wing members about the importance of the nuclear deterrence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Secretary of the Defense Jim Mattis speaks to 5th Operations Group members at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 13, 2017. During his visit, Mattis spoke to Airmen from the 5th Bomb Wing about the on-going deterrence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Secretary of the Defense Jim Mattis speaks to 5th Operations Group members at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 13, 2017. During his visit, Mattis spoke to Airmen from the 5th Bomb Wing about the on-going deterrence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Secretary of the Defense Jim Mattis speaks to 5th Operations Group members at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 13, 2017. During his visit, Mattis spoke to Airmen from the 5th Bomb Wing about the on-going deterrence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Secretary of the Defense Jim Mattis speaks to 5th Operations Group members at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 13, 2017. During his visit, Mattis spoke to Airmen from the 5th Bomb Wing about the on-going deterrence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Secretary of the Defense Jim Mattis           speaks with Airmen at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 13, 2017. During his visit, Mattis toured 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing units and spoke with Airmen emphasizing the importance of the nuclear deterrence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Secretary of the Defense Jim Mattis speaks with Airmen at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 13, 2017. During his visit, Mattis toured 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing units and spoke with Airmen emphasizing the importance of the nuclear deterrence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

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