In his new battle history of the U.S. Marine Corps, James Warren describes modern-day Marines as American Spartans. The analogy to the ancient, scarletclad Greek warriors, renowned for their dedicated professionalism and austere way of life, is apt. The performance of Marines in battle last year validated their standing among the world's foremost military professionals. Today's Spartans wrote new pages into the storied legacy of the Corps.
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In 2005 Marines continued to demonstrate their versatility and flexibility. The focus of effort, of course, has been in Iraq. They continue to lead Multi-National Force-West and are responsible for training Iraqi forces, providing stability and security, and conducting counter-insurgency operations in the Al Anbar province. The California-based I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) was replaced by elements of the II MEF, home stationed at Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, North Carolina. The forward element, led by Major General Stephen T. Johnson, shifted from offensive counter-insurgency operations to training and partnering with Iraqi forces.