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Operation Iraqi Freedom vet speaks to ECHS history class


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • May. 24, 2022 - 2:32 PM

Operation Iraqi Freedom vet speaks to ECHS history class

Photo courtesy Tyler Baker

Guest speaker Alexander Kachin speaks about the differences between modern amphibious warfare and amphibious warfare during World War II at East Coweta High School.


Students in Tyler Baker’s Advanced World War II class at East Coweta High School recently had a visit from Marine Corporal Alexander Kachin.

Kachin, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2004-2008, spoke to Baker’s class about modern Marine Corps training, particularly in the field of amphibious warfare.

Kachin told students how modern amphibious warfare relates to the type of amphibious warfare Marines undertook during the island-hopping campaign in the Pacific Theater during World War II, as well as giving students insight into his Marine Corps service while on deployment in Iraq.

The second half of the discussion focused on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with historical analysis of the current crisis. Kachin immigrated to the United States with his mother in 1997, and he has been using his knowledge of the region and its geopolitical dynamic to educate local civic groups as well as students about what they can do to make a difference for the Ukrainian people.