Gen. James N. Mattis, commander of the United States Central Command in Tampa, Fla., will be the speaker when the Columbia Basin Badger Club meets at 11:15 a.m. Friday at the Pasco Red Lion Hotel.
U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) is one of 10 combatant commands in the U. S. military. Mattis is in charge of planning and conducting operations in the central area of the globe, including 20 countries extending from Egypt to Afghanistan where there are 62 coalition partners contributing to the war against terrorism.
Mattis is a Richland native and graduated from Central Washington State University in 1972.
He also is a graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the National War College.
Admission is $20 for Badger Club members, $22 for non-members. Reservations can be made at cbbc.clubexpress.com or by calling 736-1979.