James "Mad Dog" Mattis and John Kelly, President Trump's nominations for defense secretary and homeland security secretary, respectively, were confirmed by the Senate Friday afternoon.
This gives Trump two leaders for his national security team shortly after taking office.
Kelly is a retired Marine Corps general. Previously, he was the commander of United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) and oversaw the military in South and Central America, including the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
Mattis, also a retired general, required a waiver since the law forbids former military officers from taking a Cabinet job for at least seven years after retirement.
This comes shortly after the Obama administration launched a major air strike in Syria, killing more than 100 Al-Qaeda members, Fox News reports.
The day before, U.S. bombers killed 85 ISIS fighters in Libya.