Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Desert Shield and Desert Storm
From early August 1990 to late February 1991, AFSOC participated in Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM, the protection of Saudi Arabia and the liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi forces.
Active duty, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard components of AFSOC all deployed to Saudi Arabia and Turkey, the 1st Special Operations Wing with its AC-130s, HC-130s, MC-130s, HM-53s and MH-60s; the 193rd Special Operations Group (Pennsylvania Air National Guard) with its EC-130s; and the 919th Special Operations Group (US Air Force Reserve) with its AC-130s and HH-3s, all deployed south of Kuwait. The 39th Special Operations Wing deployed north of Iraq with its HC-130s, MC-130s and MH-53s. Special Tactics personnel operated throughout the theater on multiple combat control or medical missions.
At 0212 hours, 17 January 1991, elements of the 20 SOS flying MH-53s, along with Army Apache helicopters, successfully destroyed Iraqi Command and Control sites. Because of the air commandos' huge success in piercing the enemy radar screen, the initial air assault in Operation DESERT STORM was successful. Going through undetected, hundreds of allied aircraft dropped thousands of bombs on Baghdad before the Iraqis knew what hit them.
Sadly, one aircraft and crew was lost during a close-air support mission. An AC-130, Spirit 03, was defending a Marine unit when it was struck by a surface-to-air missile.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Military • War, 1st Iraq & Desert Storm.
Location. 30° 24.937′ N, 86° 42.034′ W. Marker is in Hurlburt Field, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Memorial 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 Provide Comfort (here, next to this marker); Operation Restore Hope (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.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 175 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.