Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Operation Provide Comfort
Operation PROVIDE COMFORT began in April 1991 as a humanitarian effort to help an estimated 800,000 Iraqi Kurds who, fearing the Iraqi government's wrath for their rebellion, fled into the northern mountain region of Iraq and were dying at a rate of 7,000-10,000 per day. The final task of returning the refugee population home was achieved by creating a safe haven in a security zone, restoring basic services in the communities, and assisting the Kurds in repairing their homes. The second phase of PROVIDE COMFORT, known as PROVIDE COMFORT II, had a residual force of less than 5,000 Combined Task Force (CTF) personnel from six coalition nations. The CTF consisted of an air component of fixed wing assets based at Incirlik AB, Turkey, a Joint Special Operations Task Force (JSOTF) providing personnel recovery capability also based at Incirlik, and a ground component of helicopter, infantry, and support forces based in Batman and Silopi in southeastern Turkey. The 55 SOS deployed to Incirlik AB between 5 October 1991 and 19 August 1992 with four MH-60G PAVE HAWK helicopters.
Erected by the Hurlburt
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Military • Notable Events. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1991.
Location. 30° 24.937′ N, 86° 42.034′ W. Marker is in Hurlburt Field, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from Independence Road. Located at the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park and access to the base is restricted. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 315 Independence Road, Hurlburt Field FL 32544, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Operation Restore Hope (here, next to this marker); Desert Shield and Desert Storm (here, next to this marker); Operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina (here, next to this marker); Operation Uphold Democracy (here, next to this marker); Operation Assured Response (here, next to this marker); Captain Hilliard A. Wilbanks (a few steps from this marker); O-1E Bird Dog (a few steps from this marker); The Forward Air Controller (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurlburt Field.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on Operation Provide Comfort. (Submitted on November 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.