Where in the World are US Marines?
In a word……everywhere!
In addition to over 30 US installations and permanent overseas bases in seven countries, Marine units deploy frequently to countries around the globe. Marine Corps Times publishes a weekly map listing all known deployments; as you can see, units are currently working in Central America, Africa, the Middle East, and Australia.
Recent trips have included Norway for Exercise Cold Response, Uganda to train the Uganda People’s Defense Force, and the USS Iwo Jima as a quick reaction force, ready to address any “hot spots” in the area. Okinawa hosts the Jungle Warfare Training Center, which holds frequent exercises to train Marines for the challenges specific to jungle warfare.
Many of the missions to foreign countries involve training local forces in specific skills. The mission in Uganda, for example, includes training in marksmanship, small unit tactics and engineering to prepare Ugandans for their deployment in support of the African Union Mission in Somalia. Talks are underway with the Philippines to increase the presences of US Marines there.
And sometimes, the Pentagon quickly sends Marines into crisis areas. Just this week, in response to the attack on the US consulate in Libya, 50 Marines from Rota, Spain were sent to Tripoli. According to the Associated Press, these Marines are “members of an elite group known as a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team….whose role is to respond on short notice to terrorism threats and to reinforce security at embassies.”
As the Marines draw down their presence in Afghanistan, the Pentagon will continue to redeploy units to address other problem areas around the globe (see my last post on the Asia/Pacific). It’s probably only a matter of time before our Marine ends up somewhere other than the US or Okinawa.
For more of my thoughts on being a military mom, see the August 2012 issue of “American Legion Auxiliary” magazine (look for the “Faces of Freedom” story).
Posted on September 13, 2012, in Marine Times Newspaper, Military Parent, US Marine Corps and tagged Asia Pacific, Australia, deployment, Japan, Jungle Warfare Training Center, Libya, Norway, training, Uganda, USS Iwo Jima. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.