Why They’ve Earned Our Notice:
On January 20th of 2017, John F. Kelly was sworn in as the fifth United States Secretary of Homeland Security. He was nominated to his position by President Trump in the latter parts of 2016. Long before ever accepting his new post, this retired Marine corps general served as the Commander of the United States Southern Command. In this position, he held responsibility for American military operations across Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. It can be said, however, even with all the responsibility he’s held prior, that his new job certainly represents a step up. As the new Secretary of Homeland Security, he’s in charge of protecting the United States from terrorist threats and providing a quick response to all the nation’s natural disaster.
Born on May 11th of 1950, John Francis Kelly was raised in an inner Boston suburb. By the time he’d reached 16, Kelly had hitchhiked his way all the way from Massachusetts to the outer confines of Washington State. A daring move for a daring kid. After looping back home, he joined the military as a United States Merchant Marine. This, unlike many things he’d encountered captured his interest. When the 1970 draft came up, he signed up as a member of the US Marine Corps. After two years of service, he was discharged with the rank of lieutenant. By 2003, he was a brigadier general. From there, Kelly quickly rocketed to the highest rankings of the United States Military.
He’s been married to his wife, Karen Hernest, since 1976. The two have had three children together. His eldest child’s death in Afghanistan made Kelly the highest-ranking member of the military to lose a child to the battles in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to his family, Kelly also devoted plenty of time to getting an education.