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This newsletter is third in a series of publications developed in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD. The first in the series, Winning in the Desert (90-7), focused on geography, personnel, equipment and desert craft. The second newsletter, Winning in the Desert II (90-8), provided tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) for maneuver commanders and used the Battlefield Operating System as a format.

This newsletter focuses on observations and lessons gathered from CALL's extensive collection effort of the deployment of Active and Reserve Component forces. It covers aspects of deployment from notification to embarkation. CALL's Reserve Component Deployments Bulletin (90-2) also provides useful deployment information and lessons applicable to the Total Army.

Getting to the Desert (90-11) is a guide for follow-on units to alleviate problems experienced by previously deployed units. Additionally, many unique issues have surfaced because of the Presidential Selective Callup vice full or partial mobilization. This particular operation was characterized by a rapid deployment with little notice. It changed unit alignments and previous planning. Nonetheless, the deployment has been highly successful. This is directly attributable to the well-led, highly trained soldiers of our Total Army.

Appreciation is extended to all the commands, schools and agencies that supported CALL during this collection effort.


Brigadier General, USA
Deputy Commanding General for Training

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