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25 years ago today, a young, 22-year old 11C SGT from Foxboro, Massachusetts, with his 60mm Mortar Section, along with 130+ "Johnny Skytroopers" of "The Brav" - B Co 3/505th PIR, 82d Airborne Division - as well as elements of the 82d and many other XVIII ABN CORPS and US and Coalition Forces, crossed into Iraq, near the city of Rahfa, Saudi Arabia, as part of the ground invasion into Iraq and Kuwait - Operation DESERT STORM

2nd photo was taken on 22 FEB 91;
60mm Mortar Section of "The Brav" - B Co 3-505th PIR, 3rd BDE, 82nd ABN DIV - on the Saudi/Iraq border,

Standing L to R: PV2 Jones, SSG Odom, PV2 Pappas, SPC Rustin, PFC Matos

Kneeling L to R: SPC Hellem, SGT Hunt, SGT Lewis, PFC Setera, SGT Hubbard
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Re: 25th Anniversary of the ground invasion of Operation DESERT STORM
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2016, 09:36:31 AM »
And many thanks & a "job well done" goes to each member of the Forum who participated in Operation DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM - Cheers!
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Re: 25th Anniversary of the ground invasion of Operation DESERT STORM
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2016, 09:59:29 AM »
After the initial few weeks of coordinating Air for Desert Shield we ran out of things to do so I started plotting the location of the forces and read the daily SITREP from CENTCOM.  Reading the flow of men and materials daily and what was scheduled to come was very eye opening on how the professionals of our DOD work.  Consider this all of the Logistical and Operational Plans were done on the fly.  Basically the field commander said I need this and the staffs made it happen.  That is flexibility.

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Re: 25th Anniversary of the ground invasion of Operation DESERT STORM
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2016, 10:11:49 AM »
I had a lovely time during the ground war. As part of the 2/4 Contact Team, D Co. 724th SB, 24th ID, we were in the Cav Squadron trains. At a stopping point (a couple of hours after crossing the border), we were approached by a rather distraught Lt in a Hummer. He wanted a M88 recovery Vehicle to help get his resupply convoy out of some dunes. We didn't have an 88 so we offered the services of our M113, thinking how bad could it be?

We spent the entirety of the next 4 days going for a short distance, then having to dig out by hand and pull out the assorted HEMMTTs with our poor old tired 113. Turns out the problem was the Lt, he had issues with route recon and map reading.

We got back to the Cav on day 5, just in time to start heading back to the Saudi border. Thus ends my exciting tale of combat in Desert Storm.
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Re: 25th Anniversary of the ground invasion of Operation DESERT STORM
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2016, 11:35:43 AM »
 Here I am in Jan 1991 doing perimeter guard with the RAF Regiment at KKMC in Saudi Arabia. I was a SP4 detached from the 70th Div and on "loan" as a gun truck crewman to the 182nd Transportation Company of the Army Reserve. We provided security for fuel and water haulers. It was a thankless job... I received a "field" promotion to SGT soon after this when a member of my unit was killed as his vehicle hit an unexploded cluster bomb. I would have gladly stayed a SP4... His name was SGT Kelly Matthews of Buckley MI.   Scott
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Re: 25th Anniversary of the ground invasion of Operation DESERT STORM
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2016, 10:42:39 PM »
After the initial few weeks of coordinating Air for Desert Shield we ran out of things to do so I started plotting the location of the forces and read the daily SITREP from CENTCOM.  Reading the flow of men and materials daily and what was scheduled to come was very eye opening on how the professionals of our DOD work.  Consider this all of the Logistical and Operational Plans were done on the fly.  Basically the field commander said I need this and the staffs made it happen.  That is flexibility.
You never really realize the critical importance of a staff that think "on its feet" until you're conducting operations in a non-standard environment  - well done my friend!
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Re: 25th Anniversary of the ground invasion of Operation DESERT STORM
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2016, 10:44:00 PM »
I had a lovely time during the ground war. As part of the 2/4 Contact Team, D Co. 724th SB, 24th ID, we were in the Cav Squadron trains. At a stopping point (a couple of hours after crossing the border), we were approached by a rather distraught Lt in a Hummer. He wanted a M88 recovery Vehicle to help get his resupply convoy out of some dunes. We didn't have an 88 so we offered the services of our M113, thinking how bad could it be?

We spent the entirety of the next 4 days going for a short distance, then having to dig out by hand and pull out the assorted HEMMTTs with our poor old tired 113. Turns out the problem was the Lt, he had issues with route recon and map reading.

We got back to the Cav on day 5, just in time to start heading back to the Saudi border. Thus ends my exciting tale of combat in Desert Storm.
See, it never changes..."map reading" and "Lieutenant" don't go together LOL!
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Re: 25th Anniversary of the ground invasion of Operation DESERT STORM
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2016, 10:45:43 PM »
Here I am in Jan 1991 doing perimeter guard with the RAF Regiment at KKMC in Saudi Arabia. I was a SP4 detached from the 70th Div and on "loan" as a gun truck crewman to the 182nd Transportation Company of the Army Reserve. We provided security for fuel and water haulers. It was a thankless job... I received a "field" promotion to SGT soon after this when a member of my unit was killed as his vehicle hit an unexploded cluster bomb. I would have gladly stayed a SP4... His name was SGT Kelly Matthews of Buckley MI.   Scott
IS that a GPMG on a British Army Land Rover?  AWESOME!

..and sorry for the loss of SGt Matthews brother...
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Re: 25th Anniversary of the ground invasion of Operation DESERT STORM
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2016, 12:36:34 AM »
  its a Land Rover and still one of my career highlights to have ridden in a British Land Rover in a desert environment! Just like the Rat Patrol when I was a kid!  Scott
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Re: 25th Anniversary of the ground invasion of Operation DESERT STORM
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2016, 02:48:13 AM »
Here are some more British Army desert Land Rovers at the War & Peace show...armed to the teeth...including a "Pink Panther"!
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Re: 25th Anniversary of the ground invasion of Operation DESERT STORM
« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2016, 03:50:39 AM »
I effing LOVE Land Rovers!
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Re: 25th Anniversary of the ground invasion of Operation DESERT STORM
« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2016, 04:09:59 AM »
Chris...you might be interested to know that the last Land Rover "Defender" recently rolled off the production lines.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35437537
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Re: 25th Anniversary of the ground invasion of Operation DESERT STORM
« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2016, 04:15:39 AM »
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