January 16, 2011 by staff
Staff Sgt. Chris Von Leue Sgt.1st class and Ronnie Guy Co. of the Army Reserve’s 495th Transportation Lakeland are on recognition of the Kuwaiti border.
Sgt. Randy Knox and troops of the 495th are waiting in a Kobar Towers near Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
The beginning de”’Tempête desert.
Several former soldiers of Polk County are reminded that night and the next 2 ½ months of war.
The first Gulf War was a quick victory with little loss. It was eclipsed by the garrison operations and long-long Operation Iraqi Freedom began in 2003 and continues today.
While thousands of victims have been predicted, “Storm désert”terminée on 11 weeks later, with 148 deaths and 145 deaths in combat nonbattle.
For the first time since the Second World War, reserve and National Guard units were called in large numbers. In addition to the 495th, the National Guard 325th Maintenance Company of Lake Wales was called, as well as many individual Polk County soldiers in other units headquartered outside the county.
The Persian Gulf War (August 2, 1990 – February 28, 1991), commonly called simply the Gulf War was a war waged by a coalition force authorized by the UN thirty-four nations led by Great Britain and the United States against Iraq.
This war was also mentioned (by the former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein) as the Mother of all battles,  and is frequently, but erroneously, called Operation Desert Storm for the name of the operational military response  (See section 12.1 Operational names below), the first Gulf War, Gulf War or the war in Iraq ,   before the term was identified the war in Iraq 2003-2010.
Members of the Security Council of UN greeted the invasion of Kuwait, Iraqi troops that began August 2, 1990 with international condemnation, and immediate economic sanctions against Iraq. U.S. President George HW Bush deployed American forces in Saudi Arabia for nearly 6 months after, and urged other countries to send their own forces to the scene. An array of nations joined the coalition. The vast majority of military forces of the coalition were the United States, with Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and Egypt as leading contributors, in that order. Around the United States and 36 billion U.S. and 60 billion costs was paid by Saudi Arabia .
The first war to expel Iraqi troops from Kuwait began an aerial bombing January 16, 1991. It was followed by a ground assault on February 23. It was a decisive victory for coalition forces that liberated Kuwait and advanced into Iraqi territory. The coalition has stopped their advance, and declared a cease-fire 100 hours after the ground campaign began. Air combat and ground has been limited to Iraq, Kuwait, and areas on the border of Saudi Arabia. However, Iraq launched Scud missiles against military targets of the coalition in Saudi Arabia and against Israel.
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