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Spec. Tim Scott is welcomed home from the Gulf War by his girlfriend, Spec. Patty Martinez, in May, 1991. More than 1,000 soldiers returned to Lucius D. Clay Casern from the Middle East that day.

Spec. Tim Scott is welcomed home from the Gulf War by his girlfriend, Spec. Patty Martinez, in May, 1991. More than 1,000 soldiers returned to Lucius D. Clay Casern from the Middle East that day. (Jim Derheim/Stars and Stripes)

Spec. Tim Scott is welcomed home from the Gulf War by his girlfriend, Spec. Patty Martinez, in May, 1991. More than 1,000 soldiers returned to Lucius D. Clay Casern from the Middle East that day.

Spec. Tim Scott is welcomed home from the Gulf War by his girlfriend, Spec. Patty Martinez, in May, 1991. More than 1,000 soldiers returned to Lucius D. Clay Casern from the Middle East that day. (Jim Derheim/Stars and Stripes)

Soldiers returning from the Gulf War look for their loved ones as their bus pulls into the parking lot at Lucius D. Clay Casern in Garlstedt, Germany, in May, 1991. More than 1,000 U.S. servicemembers celebrated their homecoming that day.

Soldiers returning from the Gulf War look for their loved ones as their bus pulls into the parking lot at Lucius D. Clay Casern in Garlstedt, Germany, in May, 1991. More than 1,000 U.S. servicemembers celebrated their homecoming that day. (Jim Derheim/Stars and Stripes)

A U.S. Marine raises a fist in victory during the liberation of Kuwait.

A U.S. Marine raises a fist in victory during the liberation of Kuwait. (Wayne J. Begasse/Stars and Stripes)

Kuwaiti troops celebrate the liberation of Kuwait in February, 1991.

Kuwaiti troops celebrate the liberation of Kuwait in February, 1991. (Wayne J. Begasse/Stars and Stripes)

Coalition troops wait for the next move during Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait in February, 1991.

Coalition troops wait for the next move during Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait in February, 1991. (Wayne J. Begasse/Stars and Stripes)

A Marine displays the colors during the drive toward Kuwait City in February, 1991.

A Marine displays the colors during the drive toward Kuwait City in February, 1991. (Wayne J. Begasse/Stars and Stripes)

Smoke from oil fires set by Saddam Hussein's troops in Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm in February, 1991.

Smoke from oil fires set by Saddam Hussein's troops in Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm in February, 1991. (Wayne J. Begasse/Stars and Stripes)

A U.S. Marine convoy makes its way through the desert dust and smoke from oil-well fires during the liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi forces at the end of the Gulf War.

A U.S. Marine convoy makes its way through the desert dust and smoke from oil-well fires during the liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi forces at the end of the Gulf War. (Wayne J. Begasse/Stars and Stripes)

Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait in February, 1991.

Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait in February, 1991. (Wayne J. Begasse/Stars and Stripes)

Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait in February, 1991.

Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait in February, 1991. (Wayne J. Begasse/Stars and Stripes)

M1-A1 tank driver Spec. James Garman, 26, of Celina, Ohio, peers out from his position during the liberation of Kuwait in February, 1991.

M1-A1 tank driver Spec. James Garman, 26, of Celina, Ohio, peers out from his position during the liberation of Kuwait in February, 1991. (Wayne J. Begasse/Stars and Stripes)

Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait in February, 1991.

Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait in February, 1991. (Wayne J. Begasse/Stars and Stripes)

Soldiers from the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment receive a briefing on the battle scenario on the way toward Kuwait City in February, 1991.

Soldiers from the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment receive a briefing on the battle scenario on the way toward Kuwait City in February, 1991. (Wayne J. Begasse/Stars and Stripes)

In February, 1991, an armored vehicle passes through a breached sand berm separating Saudi Arabia from Iraq, paving the way for advancing allied troops as the Gulf War moves to its next phase after 38 days of air raids and skirmishes.

In February, 1991, an armored vehicle passes through a breached sand berm separating Saudi Arabia from Iraq, paving the way for advancing allied troops as the Gulf War moves to its next phase after 38 days of air raids and skirmishes. (Wayne J. Begasse/Stars and Stripes)

In February, 1991, an Abrams tank from the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment roars through a breached sand berm separating Saudi Arabia from Iraq, paving the way for advancing allied troops as the Gulf War moves to its next phase after 38 days of air raids and skirmishes. The ground forces preparing to recapture Kuwait from Saddam Hussein's occupation reportedly consisted of 700,000 troops, 530,000 of them from the U.S.

In February, 1991, an Abrams tank from the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment roars through a breached sand berm separating Saudi Arabia from Iraq, paving the way for advancing allied troops as the Gulf War moves to its next phase after 38 days of air raids and skirmishes. The ground forces preparing to recapture Kuwait from Saddam Hussein's occupation reportedly consisted of 700,000 troops, 530,000 of them from the U.S. (Wayne J. Begasse/Stars and Stripes)

Multiple-Launch Rocket System (MLRS) rockets are fired toward Iraqi military units at dusk in southern Iraq during Operation Desert Storm in February, 1991. In the foreground is a soldier from Iron Troop, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment.

Multiple-Launch Rocket System (MLRS) rockets are fired toward Iraqi military units at dusk in southern Iraq during Operation Desert Storm in February, 1991. In the foreground is a soldier from Iron Troop, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment. (Vince Crawley/Stars and Stripes)

Iraqi soldiers sit in a U.S. helicopter after being taken prisoner in the early stages of the Gulf War in 1991.

Iraqi soldiers sit in a U.S. helicopter after being taken prisoner in the early stages of the Gulf War in 1991. (Wayne J. Begasse/Stars and Stripes)

An Iraqi soldier captured by American soldiers from the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment during the Battle of 73 Easting in February, 1991 poses for a photo. The Army had asked that POWs not be photographed, but many wanted their pictures taken and published so that their families would know they were alive.

An Iraqi soldier captured by American soldiers from the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment during the Battle of 73 Easting in February, 1991 poses for a photo. The Army had asked that POWs not be photographed, but many wanted their pictures taken and published so that their families would know they were alive. (Vince Crawley/Stars and Stripes)

A wounded Iraqi soldier reaches up to touch the face of an American medic who's treating him after a battle in the desert during the Gulf War in February, 1991. Following this battle, the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment's Iron Troop took nearly 200 prisoners, some of whom reported that they had been in the desert for 46 days without sufficient food and water after being abandoned by the Republican Guard.

A wounded Iraqi soldier reaches up to touch the face of an American medic who's treating him after a battle in the desert during the Gulf War in February, 1991. Following this battle, the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment's Iron Troop took nearly 200 prisoners, some of whom reported that they had been in the desert for 46 days without sufficient food and water after being abandoned by the Republican Guard. (Vince Crawley/Stars and Stripes)

Iraqi prisoners of war attempt to stay warm as they await processing after their surrender to American troops from Iron Troop, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in February, 1991.

Iraqi prisoners of war attempt to stay warm as they await processing after their surrender to American troops from Iron Troop, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in February, 1991. (Vince Crawley/Stars and Stripes)

Iraqi prisoners of war are checked after their surrender to American troops from Iron Troop, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in February, 1991.

Iraqi prisoners of war are checked after their surrender to American troops from Iron Troop, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in February, 1991. ( Vince Crawley/Stars and Stripes)

American forces push through the desert on the way to Kuwait City during the liberation of the country from Saddam Hussein's Iraqi conquerors in February, 1991.

American forces push through the desert on the way to Kuwait City during the liberation of the country from Saddam Hussein's Iraqi conquerors in February, 1991. (Wayne J. Begasse/Stars and Stripes)

Soldiers from 4th Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment play a game of "Saudi ball" to ease stress and occupy some of their free time in the Saudi desert in February, 1991. The game they invented is like baseball, except that everyone has to bat one-handed with the hand they normally don't use; pitchers and fielders must also throw with their "other" hand.

Soldiers from 4th Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment play a game of "Saudi ball" to ease stress and occupy some of their free time in the Saudi desert in February, 1991. The game they invented is like baseball, except that everyone has to bat one-handed with the hand they normally don't use; pitchers and fielders must also throw with their "other" hand. (Wayne J. Begasse/Stars and Stripes)

A crowd of more than 5,000 Germans shows support for U.S. involvement in the Gulf War with a march through the streets of Kitzingen, Germany, in February, 1991.

A crowd of more than 5,000 Germans shows support for U.S. involvement in the Gulf War with a march through the streets of Kitzingen, Germany, in February, 1991. (John Millar/Stars and Stripes)

Airman 1st Class William Peter of Quincy, Ill., checks the engine air inlet of an F-15 Eagle aircraft for damage and loose rivets in central Saudi Arabia during the first week of Operation Desert Storm in January, 1991. Peter was an F-15E crew chief with the 336th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, 4th Tactical Fighter Wing, out of Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina.

Airman 1st Class William Peter of Quincy, Ill., checks the engine air inlet of an F-15 Eagle aircraft for damage and loose rivets in central Saudi Arabia during the first week of Operation Desert Storm in January, 1991. Peter was an F-15E crew chief with the 336th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, 4th Tactical Fighter Wing, out of Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina. (Ken Clauson/Stars and Stripes)

All is quiet for the time being on the flight line at a base in central Saudi Arabia in January, 1991, but planes are ready for the next mission against Iraqi targets in the early stages of the Gulf War's air campaign.

All is quiet for the time being on the flight line at a base in central Saudi Arabia in January, 1991, but planes are ready for the next mission against Iraqi targets in the early stages of the Gulf War's air campaign. (Ken Clauson/Stars and Stripes)

Weapons specialists from the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing (Provisional) in central Saudi Arabia show their support for pilots taking off on missions against Iraqi forces on the second day of the Gulf War's air campaign in January, 1991.

Weapons specialists from the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing (Provisional) in central Saudi Arabia show their support for pilots taking off on missions against Iraqi forces on the second day of the Gulf War's air campaign in January, 1991. (Ken Clauson/Stars and Stripes)

A plane gets a close inspection in January, 1990 at a base in central Saudi Arabia, where missions against Iraqi forces were under way on the second day of the Gulf War's air campaign.

A plane gets a close inspection in January, 1990 at a base in central Saudi Arabia, where missions against Iraqi forces were under way on the second day of the Gulf War's air campaign. (Ken Clauson/Stars and Stripes)

At a base in the Saudi Arabian desert in January, 1991, American pilots wait to take off on a mission against Iraqi forces in the early stages of Operation Desert Storm.

At a base in the Saudi Arabian desert in January, 1991, American pilots wait to take off on a mission against Iraqi forces in the early stages of Operation Desert Storm. (Ken Clauson/Stars and Stripes)

Two servicemembers in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield in January, 1991 demonstrate that "desert" doesn't necessarily mean "hot," especially in January.

Two servicemembers in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield in January, 1991 demonstrate that "desert" doesn't necessarily mean "hot," especially in January. (Rob Jagodzinski/Stars and Stripes)

An American servicemember in the Saudi Arabian desert in 1991 tends a burning trash pit.

An American servicemember in the Saudi Arabian desert in 1991 tends a burning trash pit. (Vince Crawley/Stars and Stripes)

American servicemembers deployed to the Saudi desert during Operation Desert Shield in January, 1991 are silhouetted against the setting sun as they discuss the issues of the day.

American servicemembers deployed to the Saudi desert during Operation Desert Shield in January, 1991 are silhouetted against the setting sun as they discuss the issues of the day. (Vince Crawley/Stars and Stripes)

The USS Fife is silhouetted against the sun as it patrols the Gulf of Oman during Operation Desert Shield in December, 1990. When the Gulf War broke out the following month, the Yokosuka-based, Spruance-class destroyer fired Tomahawk missiles at targets in Iraq.

The USS Fife is silhouetted against the sun as it patrols the Gulf of Oman during Operation Desert Shield in December, 1990. When the Gulf War broke out the following month, the Yokosuka-based, Spruance-class destroyer fired Tomahawk missiles at targets in Iraq. (Rob Jagodzinski/Stars and Stripes)

A flight deck crewman walks amid the jumble of aircraft wings on board the 
USS Saratoga, stationed in the Red Sea, in December, 1990..

A flight deck crewman walks amid the jumble of aircraft wings on board the USS Saratoga, stationed in the Red Sea, in December, 1990.. (Rob Jagodzinski/Stars and Stripes)

A line of trucks files across the desert during an Army Special Forces exercise in eastern Saudi Arabia in December, 1990.

A line of trucks files across the desert during an Army Special Forces exercise in eastern Saudi Arabia in December, 1990. (Rob Jagodzinski/Stars and Stripes)

Helicopters are lined up in the Saudi Arabian desert during Operation Desert Shield in December, 1990.

Helicopters are lined up in the Saudi Arabian desert during Operation Desert Shield in December, 1990. (Ken George/Stars and Stripes)

KC-135 tankers are poised for action near the flight line at an air base in central Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield in November, 1990. Many of the planes were from the 909th Aerial Refueling Squadron out of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa; that week, the 909th was supporting a beach-assault drill on the shores of the Persian Gulf.

KC-135 tankers are poised for action near the flight line at an air base in central Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield in November, 1990. Many of the planes were from the 909th Aerial Refueling Squadron out of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa; that week, the 909th was supporting a beach-assault drill on the shores of the Persian Gulf. (Stars and Stripes)

In December, 1990, a Patriot missile battery in the Saudi Arabian desert stands ready to fight off an attack by Saddam Hussein's Scud missiles during Operation Desert Shield.

In December, 1990, a Patriot missile battery in the Saudi Arabian desert stands ready to fight off an attack by Saddam Hussein's Scud missiles during Operation Desert Shield. (Rob Jagodzinski/Stars and Stripes)

NBC-TV weatherman Willard Scott broadcasts from Dhahran Air Base in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield in November, 1990.

NBC-TV weatherman Willard Scott broadcasts from Dhahran Air Base in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield in November, 1990. (Ken George/Stars and Stripes)

President George H.W. Bush meets U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield in November, 1990.

President George H.W. Bush meets U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield in November, 1990. (Stars and Stripes)

Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf enjoys Thanksgiving dinner with American servicemembers at a base in the Saudi Arabian desert during Operation Desert Shield in November, 1990.

Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf enjoys Thanksgiving dinner with American servicemembers at a base in the Saudi Arabian desert during Operation Desert Shield in November, 1990. (Stars and Stripes)

President George H.W. Bush shares a meal with troops in the Saudi Arabian desert during Operation Desert Shield in November, 1990.

President George H.W. Bush shares a meal with troops in the Saudi Arabian desert during Operation Desert Shield in November, 1990. (Stars and Stripes)

President George H.W. Bush holds a key element of one of his favorite sports as he talks to U.S. troops at a base in the Saudi Arabian desert during Operation Desert Shield in November, 1990. At right is first lady Barbara Bush.

President George H.W. Bush holds a key element of one of his favorite sports as he talks to U.S. troops at a base in the Saudi Arabian desert during Operation Desert Shield in November, 1990. At right is first lady Barbara Bush. (Stars and Stripes)

Three U.S. Marines are silhouetted against the setting sun as they play football in the Saudi Arabian desert  in November, 1990, a few weeks before the start of the Gulf War.

Three U.S. Marines are silhouetted against the setting sun as they play football in the Saudi Arabian desert in November, 1990, a few weeks before the start of the Gulf War. (Rob Jagodzinski/Stars and Stripes)

Two U.S. Marines stay in shape — and try to stave off boredom — by lifting weights in a makeshift gym in the Saudi Arabian desert in November, 1990.

Two U.S. Marines stay in shape — and try to stave off boredom — by lifting weights in a makeshift gym in the Saudi Arabian desert in November, 1990. (Rob Jagodzinski/Stars and Stripes)

A U.S. Marine taking part in a chemical decontamination exercise in the weeks before the Gulf War gets some relief from the heat of his protective gear and the Saudi Arabian desert.

A U.S. Marine taking part in a chemical decontamination exercise in the weeks before the Gulf War gets some relief from the heat of his protective gear and the Saudi Arabian desert. (Rob Jagodzinski/Stars and Stripes)

An E-2C Hawkeye early warning aircraft is towed along the flight deck of the USS Saratoga in the Red Sea during Operation Desert Shieldin November, 1990. The Hawkeye, with its large radar dome, was said to be capable of monitoring any flight activity within 500 miles of the carrier.

An E-2C Hawkeye early warning aircraft is towed along the flight deck of the USS Saratoga in the Red Sea during Operation Desert Shieldin November, 1990. The Hawkeye, with its large radar dome, was said to be capable of monitoring any flight activity within 500 miles of the carrier. (Rob Jagodzinski/Stars and Stripes)

Petty Officer 3rd Class Sai Sharrieff, a UH-60 helicopter crewman, takes a close look at a Japanese tanker during intercept operations in the Gulf of Oman in November, 1990. The aircraft, from the USS Midway Battle Group out of Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, was sending information on commercial ships back to the USS Fife amid the U.N. embargo of Iraq during the weeks leading up to the 1991 Gulf War.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Sai Sharrieff, a UH-60 helicopter crewman, takes a close look at a Japanese tanker during intercept operations in the Gulf of Oman in November, 1990. The aircraft, from the USS Midway Battle Group out of Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, was sending information on commercial ships back to the USS Fife amid the U.N. embargo of Iraq during the weeks leading up to the 1991 Gulf War. (Rob Jagodzinski/Stars and Stripes)

A crewman guides an SH-3 Sea King helicopter onto the fantail of the destroyer USS Fife in the Gulf of Oman in November, 1990. The Fife, part of the USS Midway Battle Group from Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, was spotting and intercepting commercial ships in enforcing the U.N. embargo of Iraq.

A crewman guides an SH-3 Sea King helicopter onto the fantail of the destroyer USS Fife in the Gulf of Oman in November, 1990. The Fife, part of the USS Midway Battle Group from Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, was spotting and intercepting commercial ships in enforcing the U.N. embargo of Iraq. (Stars and Stripes)

A Navy jet takes off from the USS Saratoga in November, 1990 during Operation Desert Shield, the prelude to the Gulf War.

A Navy jet takes off from the USS Saratoga in November, 1990 during Operation Desert Shield, the prelude to the Gulf War. (Stars and Stripes)

At Muenster, Germany, in November, 1990, Pvt. Dondi Holsey and Spec. Tom Cicione of the 184th Ordnance Company at Muenster Army Depot cut lumber to be used as shipping braces for 155mm howitzer ammunition on its way to the Middle East during Operation Desert Shield.

At Muenster, Germany, in November, 1990, Pvt. Dondi Holsey and Spec. Tom Cicione of the 184th Ordnance Company at Muenster Army Depot cut lumber to be used as shipping braces for 155mm howitzer ammunition on its way to the Middle East during Operation Desert Shield. (L. Emmett Lewis, Jr./Stars and Stripes)

At Rhein-Main Air Base in November, 1990, Senior Master Sgt. James Harper, satellite chief of supply, and Tech. Sgt. Wilford Raiford, superintendent of the forward supply location, do a spot check of a war readiness kit pallet, examining a 300-lb. main gear tire for a C-141.

At Rhein-Main Air Base in November, 1990, Senior Master Sgt. James Harper, satellite chief of supply, and Tech. Sgt. Wilford Raiford, superintendent of the forward supply location, do a spot check of a war readiness kit pallet, examining a 300-lb. main gear tire for a C-141. (Stars and Stripes)

 A U.S. Marine takes a water break in the Saudi Arabian desert ij October, 1990, during the buildup that led to the 1991 Gulf War.

A U.S. Marine takes a water break in the Saudi Arabian desert ij October, 1990, during the buildup that led to the 1991 Gulf War. (Rob Jagodzinski/Stars and Stripes)

A servicemember deployed to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield tries out a traditional local means of transportation.

A servicemember deployed to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield tries out a traditional local means of transportation. (Rob Jagodzinski/Stars and Stripes)

Soldiers from the 24th Infantry Div. (Mech.) march across the Saudi Arabian desert during Operation Desert Shield in October, 1990. One soldier checked off the realities of life on the sand: "No base camp. No PX. No females." And if that weren't enough, a fire at a division postal tent destroyed a good portion of the troops' mail.

Soldiers from the 24th Infantry Div. (Mech.) march across the Saudi Arabian desert during Operation Desert Shield in October, 1990. One soldier checked off the realities of life on the sand: "No base camp. No PX. No females." And if that weren't enough, a fire at a division postal tent destroyed a good portion of the troops' mail. (Vince Crawley/Stars and Stripes)

Members of the 1st Cavalry Division's support command present the colors at a change-of-command ceremony in Saudi Arabia in October, 1990. Col. Richard J. Fousek replaced Col. Harold E. Burch as commander of the Fort Hood, Texas-based troops, who were taking part in Operation Desert Shield.

Members of the 1st Cavalry Division's support command present the colors at a change-of-command ceremony in Saudi Arabia in October, 1990. Col. Richard J. Fousek replaced Col. Harold E. Burch as commander of the Fort Hood, Texas-based troops, who were taking part in Operation Desert Shield. (Rob Jagodzinski/Stars and Stripes)

A fireball erupts from a 16-inch gun on the USS Wisconsin during an exercise in the Persian Gulf in October, 1990. The Wisconsin, which had been decommissioned in 1958 after seeing action in World War II and the Korean conflict, was returned to service with capabilities for launching Tomahawk missiles in 1988. Following the Gulf War, it was again decommissioned on September 30, 1991.

A fireball erupts from a 16-inch gun on the USS Wisconsin during an exercise in the Persian Gulf in October, 1990. The Wisconsin, which had been decommissioned in 1958 after seeing action in World War II and the Korean conflict, was returned to service with capabilities for launching Tomahawk missiles in 1988. Following the Gulf War, it was again decommissioned on September 30, 1991. (Rob Jagodzinski/Stars and Stripes)

The battleship USS Wisconsin steams through the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield in October, 1990. The Wisconsin, which had been decommissioned in 1958 after seeing action in World War II and the Korean conflict, was returned to service with capabilities for launching Tomahawk missiles in 1988. Following the Gulf War, it was again decommissioned on September 30, 1991.

The battleship USS Wisconsin steams through the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield in October, 1990. The Wisconsin, which had been decommissioned in 1958 after seeing action in World War II and the Korean conflict, was returned to service with capabilities for launching Tomahawk missiles in 1988. Following the Gulf War, it was again decommissioned on September 30, 1991. (Rob Jagodzinski/Stars and Stripes)

A Marine from the 2nd Light Anti-aircraft Missile Battalion checks out a Hawk missile battery in eastern Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shieldin October, 1990. Several batteries of the Hawks — which were best-equipped for low-altitude targets, while the Patriot missiles were geared toward high-altitude targets — were positioned throughout the Arabian Peninsula as a defense against Iraqi air attacks on U.S. forces.

A Marine from the 2nd Light Anti-aircraft Missile Battalion checks out a Hawk missile battery in eastern Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shieldin October, 1990. Several batteries of the Hawks — which were best-equipped for low-altitude targets, while the Patriot missiles were geared toward high-altitude targets — were positioned throughout the Arabian Peninsula as a defense against Iraqi air attacks on U.S. forces. (Rob Jagodzinski/Stars and Stripes)

During the buildup that led to the Gulf War, American servicemembers in Saudi Arabia got to know the terrain very well ... whether it involved marching across it, digging holes in it, filling sandbags with it, or clearing it out of every place the wind could deposit it.

During the buildup that led to the Gulf War, American servicemembers in Saudi Arabia got to know the terrain very well ... whether it involved marching across it, digging holes in it, filling sandbags with it, or clearing it out of every place the wind could deposit it. (Rob Jagodzinski/Stars and Stripes)

At Wiesbaden, Germany, in August, 1990, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Paul R. Stein, top, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 David M. Conboy perform a pre-flight inspection of their Apache helicopter before departing for Italy and, eventually, Saudi Arabia. "We have trained in that type of environment, and it's great," Stein said of the desert destination. "There are no trees and no wires. Wires are a helicopter pilot's biggest nightmare."

At Wiesbaden, Germany, in August, 1990, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Paul R. Stein, top, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 David M. Conboy perform a pre-flight inspection of their Apache helicopter before departing for Italy and, eventually, Saudi Arabia. "We have trained in that type of environment, and it's great," Stein said of the desert destination. "There are no trees and no wires. Wires are a helicopter pilot's biggest nightmare." (Gus Schuettler/Stars and Stripes)

U.S. servicemembers are silhouetted against the desert sun in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield, the preface to the Gulf War.

U.S. servicemembers are silhouetted against the desert sun in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield, the preface to the Gulf War. (Rob Jagodzinski/Stars and Stripes)

From Operation Desert Shield through the end of Operation Desert Storm, Stars and Stripes writers and photographers were there on a mission to keep readers -- both those serving in the Middle East and their families and friends back home on bases in Europe and the Pacific -- up to date.

Here are some of the images they sent back.


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