This January and February mark the 25th anniversary of the United States’ participation in Operation Desert Storm, a military campaign designed to end Iraq’s occupation of Kuwait, which began in August 1990. Consider official accounts of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm with this article from the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Office and a fact sheet from the U.S. Air Force Historical Support Division. More information about the 25th anniversary of Desert Storm is available through a special commemorative Air Force web site that includes links to videos featuring Major General Paul T. Johnson, Colonel David Web, and Lt. General David “Orville” Wright. The U.S. Navy also presents an overview of the Navy’s role in Desert Storm.
View a collection of photographs of Desert Storm activity courtesy of the Defense Media Network. The U.S. Army has prepared a timeline of Desert Storm, which includes comments by veterans who served in the operation. See what other veterans of the operation have to say in this recollection published by the Air Force’s 403rd Wing Public Affairs Office. Those who returned from Gulf War service have often suffered major health consequences, as documented in this site from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
Learn more about Operation Desert Shield and Storm and efforts to commemorate service in the Gulf region by visiting the government information exhibit on the 25th Anniversary of Desert Shield and Desert Storm on the second floor of Odum Library, near the Reference Desk.