Newly confirmed Secretary of Defense James Mattis sent out this message to employees of the Defense Department tonight, specifically acknowledging the role the Intelligence Community plays as a “sentinel” and “guardian” of the United States:

So far, awesome:

Donald Trump has been in a very public feud with the Intelligence Community, including these tweets last week directed at outgoing CIA Director John Brennan:

We’ve seen reports that Sec. Mattis will be a “moderating” force on President Trump, so this first letter from Mattis to the DoD should be a welcome first-step to all of those worried about what comes next:

Let the healing begin.