Operation Desert Storm
Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm Timeline
Iraq invades Kuwait, Aug. 2, 1990.
Operation Desert Shield begins, Aug. 7.
First U.S. forces (F-15 Eagle fighters from Langley Air Force Base, Va.) arrive
in Saudi Arabia, Aug. 7.
First Operation Desert Shield-related U.S. death, Aug. 12.
President George Bush authorizes first call-up of Selected Reservists to active
duty for 90 days, by executive order, Aug. 22. (Call-up widened in subsequent
authorizations; period of service extended to 180 days on Nov. 12 by executive order.)
Operation Desert Storm and air war phase begins, 3 a.m., Jan. 17, 1991 (Jan.
16, 7 p.m. Eastern time).
Iraq attacks Israel with seven Scud missiles, Jan. 17.
U.S. Patriot missile successfully intercepts first Scud, over Dhahran, Saudi
Arabia, Jan. 17.
President Bush authorizes the call-up of up to 1 million National Guardsmen and
Reservist for up to two years, Jan. 18.
DoD announces deployment of Europe-based Patriot missiles and crews to Israel,
Iraq creates massive oil slick in gulf, Jan. 25.
Iraqis attack Khafji, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 29.
Iraq captures first U.S. female prisoner of war, Jan. 31.
Award of the National Defense Service Medal authorized, Feb. 21.
Iraqis ignite estimate 700 oil wells in Kuwait, Feb. 23.
Allied ground assault begins, 4 a.m., Feb 24 (Feb. 23, 8 p.m. Eastern time).
Iraqi Scud destroys U.S. barracks in Dhahran, killing 28 U.S. soldiers, Feb.
Cessation of hostilities declared, 8:01 a.m., Feb. 28 (12:01 a.m. Eastern).
Cease-fire terms negotiated in Safwan, Iraq, March 1.
DoD announces first troop redeployment home, March l7 (24th Infantry Division,
Fort Stewart, Ga.)
Award of the Southwest Asia Service medal authorized, March 13.
President Bush announces U.S. relief supply airdrops to Kurdish refugees in
Turkey and northern Iraq, April 5.
Iraq officially accepts cease-fire terms, April 6.
Task Force Provide Comfort forms and deploys, April 6.
U.S. transports deliver 72,000 pounds of supplies in first six Operation
Provide Comfort missions, April 7.
Cease-fire takes effect, April 11.
Construction of first Provide Comfort tent city begins near Zakhu, Iraq, April
U.N. commission assumes responsibility for Kurdish refugees, June 7.
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