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The Tri-Cities’ most famous bachelor has married.
General James “Jim” Mattis, the former Secretary of Defense, married Christina Lomasney, who works at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland.
Mattis has stayed true to his Tri-Cities roots.
He grew up in Richland, where his father worked at the Hanford site, and he served on the board of directors of the Tri-Cities Food Bank after retiring from the army as a four-star general and before to be confirmed as Secretary of Defense in 2017.
Lomasney, physicist and entrepreneur, is a relative newcomer to the Tri-Cities. She joined PNNL in November as Director of Marketing.
Politico Playbook PM reported that the couple were married last week by a priest on the banks of the Columbia River, then held a follow-up ceremony in Las Vegas with an Elvis impersonator at the Little Church of the West.
Politico said they met at a bar – “not surprising for a Marine”.
He posted a photo of the smiling couple and what is presumably their dog in what appeared to be a backyard. The bride looked elegant in a cream knee-length dress and held roses and Mattis looked dapper in a white shirt.
In a second photo, they were smiling with an Elvis impersonator.
Politico said retired general Robert Harvard was the best man.
Married to the Marine Corps
Military Times reminded readers that “Mad Dog” Mattis, 71, was reportedly married in the Marine Corps.
He was sometimes called the warrior monk.
“Always, always, always a Marine, never married. That was the legendary life of Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis…until now,” MilitaryTimes reported Tuesday.
But perhaps the time had finally come for the wedding.
Several news reports on Tuesday cited a May 29, 2017, article in The New Yorker that said “Mattis’ singlehood has allowed him to focus on his career and passionately engage with the traditions and history of the military. “.
He said he proposed shortly after enlisting in the Marines to a woman who wanted him to leave the Marine Corps, where he was often absent for months at a time.
He began the process of quitting, but his fellow Marines talked him out of quitting, and the wedding was called off by the bride-to-be. He served in the Marines for 44 years.
Then, as Secretary of Defense, he told reporters that he would not have taken the job if he had been married. He had seen “too many good people destroyed in public life,” The New Yorker said.
Mattis’ roots in Richland
Mattis graduated from Columbia, now Richland, high school in 1968, then went to Central Washington University, enrolling in ROTC.
He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1972, launching a career that saw him take on increasingly greater responsibilities.
He retired in 2013 as head of US Central Command, overseeing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Before being hired by President Trump as Secretary of Defense, he joined the Hoover Institution, a public policy think tank at Stanford University in California, but returned home to Richland frequently.
He served as a juror in Benton County in 2016, has been known to stop by the VFW and is occasionally spotted at the Spudnut Shop in Richland, once showing up with his security while serving as Secretary of Defense .
His tenure as Secretary of Defense ended with his resignation the day after Trump’s decision to withdraw all troops from Syria.
Lomasney’s impressive career
Lomasney had two decades of experience in technology innovation and commercialization before joining PNNL.
In 2007, Christina founded Modumetal, Inc., a Seattle-based company that develops and commercializes a new class of nanostructured materials that are more corrosion resistant than steel.
At Modumetal, Christina raised over $100 million in equity and other funds and created partnerships with several Fortune 500 companies. She served as President and CEO of the company until 2020.
His first start-up, Isotron Corp., developed technologies for use in large-scale decontamination and environmental restoration projects.
The company’s customers included the US military and its technologies were used to decontaminate commercial and industrial sites after the Fukushima Daiichi accident in Japan.
Like Mattis, she has strong ties to Washington State. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from the University of Washington in Seattle.