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Defense chief battles rush-hour traffic for Air Force Academy graduation

Author: Tom Roeder, The Gazette - May 23, 2018 - Updated: May 24, 2018

(Defense Secretary James N. Mattis is greeted by Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson, commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, as he arrives at Peterson Air Force Base on May 22. (Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

COLORADO SPRINGS — Defense Secretary James Mattis got a taste of Colorado Springs’ rush-hour Wednesday morning as he headed from the Doubletree hotel on the south side to the Air Force Academy for graduation.

The nation’s top military man, though, had an app for that.

Mattis flashed past traffic in a blur of blue flights, using the shoulder as an extra lane on Interstate 25.

He couldn’t be late. Mattis is the keynote speaker for Air Force Academy graduation. About 1,000 cadets will become 2nd lieutenants today after four hard years of education at the elite school.

Tom Roeder, The Gazette

Tom Roeder, The Gazette