The military’s primary mission is to protect and defend against enemies, both foreign and domestic. Even so, there’s room for some relationship building. Each year, the military reaches out to nations that might benefit from civic missions or military training. In the process, troops become American ambassadors dispelling myths about Americans and planting the seeds for deeper ties between countries. In this issue, On Patrol highlights the noncombat side of the military and how it works with the State Department to affect significant, positive change in areas across the globe.
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Sep 26, 2013
Former Iran Hostage Recalls His Career as a Marine Security Guard
Marine Sergeant Rodney “Rocky” Sickmann wanted nothing more than to become a Marine Security Guard. His wish was granted when he was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran. What happened two weeks after his arrival shaped his future.