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Gulf War Commemorative Web Site Highlights Army Reserve Roles

By Master Sgt. Kathy Wright, USA
Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2000 – Army Reserve soldiers delivered most of the 500 tons of mail sent daily to the half-million service members engaged in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

This is just one of the facts and other information on a new Web site commemorating the 10th anniversary of Desert Shield and Storm at www.army.mil/usar/shield-storm/storm.htm.

The Office of the Chief, Army Reserve in Washington opened the site as a tribute to the men and women who took part in America's largest reserve call-up since the Korean War. Leaving behind family, friends and jobs, 84,000 Army Reserve soldiers mobilized in what would be a successful test of the Total Army.

Citizen-soldiers left an indelible mark on the outcome of the 144-hour war against Iraq. Army Reserve members placed the road signs along the major supply routes in the featureless Saudi Arabian desert that kept traffic flowing. Almost all the deployed Army civil affairs assets came from the Reserve, as did a third of the field medical and chemical defense units, 21 percent of the maintenance units and 17 percent of the engineer units.

And when more than 70,000 Iraqis surrendered, the Army's only military police brigade devoted to handling POWs -- a Reserve unit -- took charge of them.

(Master Sgt. Kathy Wright works for the Office of the Chief, Army Reserve in Washington.)

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