U.S. military personnel arrive at a base camp during Operation Desert Shield. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Lee Corkran

U.S. military personnel arrive at a base camp during Operation Desert Shield. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Lee Corkran

It is hard to believe that the first Gulf War, Operation Desert Shield & Operation Desert Storm, is already 23 years old. I was there.

It is hard to believe that the first Gulf War, Operation Desert Shield & Operation Desert Storm, is already 23 years old. I was there.

An M-578 light armored recovery vehicle tows an M-548 during Operation Desert Shield, 1 April 1992.

An M-578 light armored recovery vehicle tows an M-548 during Operation Desert Shield, 1 April 1992.

Capt. Katarina S. Bentler, the pilot of a 350th Aerial Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, confers with her co-pilot while on a refueling mission during Operation Desert Shield.

Capt. Katarina S. Bentler, the pilot of a 350th Aerial Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, confers with her co-pilot while on a refueling mission during Operation Desert Shield.

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