US Marine Corps by Rebecca Rowell

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In early 2010, marines led Operation Moshtarak in southern Afghanistan. It was the biggest operation since the war began. Marines succeeded at retaking cities from Taliban control. Though a victory for US forces, the mission did not end the fighting in the country. In June 2010, the war in Afghanistan became the longest in US history. The operation in Iraq officially ended in September, replaced with a new mission. Operation New Dawn aimed at helping Iraqis rebuild their war-torn nation. Always Ready Swift deployment is the marine corps’ forte.

Work in the Pacific and Oceania includes martial arts training in Mongolia, flight training in Thailand, and joint security information and planning sessions for the Pacific with Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Helping Those in Need Marines also do humanitarian work at home and abroad. The preparedness of its MEUs keeps the marine corps ready to respond when natural disasters or other sudden catastrophes occur. STATIONED NEAR AND FAR The corps has 13 bases. They are primarily in the United States, on the East and West Coasts, with two locations in the Pacific.

The corps had proven itself adept on water, land, and air. NAVAJO CODE TALKERS During World War II, both sides used codes to share information while keeping it from the enemy. Cryptographers, or code talkers, were people who encrypt, or encode, messages. They also worked at decoding the enemy’s messages. During the war, the marine corps relied on a little-used language to encode messages: Navajo. Marines from this Native American group used their language as a basis for encrypting messages. Because so few people knew Navajo, the enemy could not break the code.

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