White House chief of staff John Kelly spent 43 years in the Marines serving the United States and protecting the American flag, and that didn’t stop when he took a new job.
Presidential Assistant Dan Scavino Jr. caught the chief of staff untangling a flag, prompting the old phrase “Once a Marine, always a Marine.”
.@WhiteHouse Chief of Staff, General John F. Kelly stops by to assist Bedminster staff in readjusting a huge American Flag…
“Once a Marine, always a Marine” pic.twitter.com/bviGulBPb4
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) July 8, 2018
Kelly’s service to the country spans four decades, three wars, and countless days away from his family while on active duty.
After joining the Marine Corps in 1970, Kelly went onto become the Four Star General of the U.S. Southern Command.
During his service, Kelly also spent time as a Liaison Officer to Capitol Hill and the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, grooming his political leadership.
While his military background certainly prepared him to navigate Washington D.C., it also made him a great patriot.
He cannot hide his love for his fellow Marines. In a 2017 interview he tearfully stated:
“I never quite understood the definition of bravery until watching young men and women do things that were absolutely crazy to do because they were well trained and they had the capability to do their jobs.”
Kelly’s respect for the Marine Corp is strong, but it cannot be matched by the respect his fellow Marines have for him.
“A beacon of discipline,” Kelly is known as someone who led by example and was never afraid to speak his mind.
Kelly’s sacrifice to the country doesn’t just include his service; he is also a Gold Star parent.
His son, Lt. Robert Michael Kelly died in Afghanistan in 2010 and lies in Arlington National Cemetery. Kelly regularly visits Arlington National Cemetery, where he comforts other Gold Star families.
While reports say that this might be Kelly’s last summer in the White House, it is clear that Kelly’s love for the United States will not retire anytime soon.