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Secretary of Defense Makes Visit to Survey Valley Camp

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DONNA – The primary advisor to the president on defense and head of the military made a visit to the Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday.

The Donna base camp was busy as many gathered to observe the soldiers and to get a chance to meet Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

"You know what your mission is here. You had to deploy on short notice in non-traditional location and do your jobs. You focus on doing that,” says Mattis.

Soldiers tell CHANNEL 5 NEWS he made this visit to check the conditions of the camps.  

KRGV’s Angelo Vargas spoke with two veterans who are thankful for what he’s doing.

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