I am proud and honored this tribute is happening to a war that I served from 1990 – 1991.
I was deployed to Khamis Mushait in Saudi Arabia to support the F-117A Stealth Fighter Unit out of Tonopah Test Range, NV. It was later moved to Holloman AFB, NM after the war was over. The mission of the squadron was to provide nighttime operations.
Iraq soldiers called our stealth fighter the “devil plane,” because it delivered precise destruction in the middle of the night. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that?
It was my first time being shipped over to another country in support of defending the United States and its interests. We did our job and came home, and I couldn’t have been more proud of the members that I served with. Learning that an official Memorial as being erected in Washington, DC makes me more proud.
The National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial is a new national monument that has been approved by Congress and President Trump (March 2017) to be built by 2021 on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial Act – Authorizes the National Desert Storm Memorial Association to establish a commemorative work on federal land in the District of Columbia to commemorate and honor those who, as members of the Armed Forces, served on active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm or Operation Desert Shield.
Construction of the Memorial is led by the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association, a 501(c)3 organization in Washington, D.C. The association is led by a Honorary Board Chairman, Former President George H.W. Bush, and a Board of Directors comprised of Desert Storm Veterans from most branches of the military. [via NDSWM]
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