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A BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missile is launched from its Mark 41 vertical launch system aboard the Destroyer USS FIFE (DD-991) during Operation Desert Storm.

Sailors pick their way through the confetti-covered streets as they march in the city's victory parade for the returning veterans of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm

A Navy officer leads his unit along a confetti-covered street as they march in the city's victory parade for the returning veterans of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm

The members of a Navy color guard stand at attention as they wait to resume marching in the city's victory parade for the returning veterans of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm

An Aerospace Audiovisual Service crew of videographers and photographers set up an Immarsat satellite transmitter on the sand during Operation DESERT STORM in Saudi Arabia. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A sailor stands watch at the bow of a ship on patrol in the gulf during Operation Desert Shield/Operation Desert Storm

F-16C Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft of the 421st Tactical Fighter Wing line an airfield prior to a mission during Operation Desert Storm.

A member of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 2 (HC-2) looks out the open door of an SH-3 Sea King helicopter as it flies out to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) in the aftermath of Operation Desert Storm

A starboard bow view of the fleet oiler USNS HASSAYAMPA (T-AO-145) underway during Operation Desert Storm

Rear Adm. Jerry L. Unruh, commander, Carrier Group 1, talks to media pool correspondents prior to a press conference aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62). The correspondents are covering Operation Desert Storm

A message adorns one of the Mark 82 500-bombs mounted on the wing of a Strike Fighter Squadron 113 (VFA-113) F/A-18C Hornet aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) during Operation Desert Storm

While parked on the flight line beside three KC-130 Hercules aircraft from Marine Refueler-Transport Squadron 352 (VMGR-352), a KC-130 Hercules aircraft from Marine Refueler-Transport Squadron 234 (VMGR-234), foreground, is loaded with fuel during Operation Desert Storm

U.S. Army UH-60A Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopters and one AH-64A Apache helicopter, second from right, conduct a mass takeoff during Operation Desert Storm

A civilian crew member stands by alongside the refueling hose aboard the rapid-response vehicle cargo ship USNS REGULUS (T-AKR-292) as the vessel takes on fuel from the fleet oiler USNS TRUCKEE (T-AO-147). The REGULUS is en route to Saudi Arabia where it will offload equipment in support of Operation Desert Storm

The captain looks out from the bridge of the rapid-response vehicle cargo ship USNS REGULUS (T-AKR-292) as the vessel transits the Suez Canal. The REGULUS is transporting equipment to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Storm

Soldiers from the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) wait to board an aircraft to begin their journey to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Storm

A close-up portrait of LT. GEN. Charles Horner, commander of 9th Air Force and U.S. Central Command Air Forces, as he is interviewed by AIRMAN Magazine during Operation Desert Storm

A member of the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, is silhouetted against the sky while acting as a spotter aboard an LAV-25 light armored vehicle during Operation Desert Storm

During vertical replenishment, an HH-46 Sea Knight helicopter of Helicopter Combat Support 5 (HC-5) from the Military Sealift Command combat stores ship USNS SPICA (T-AFS-9) transfers provisions to the guided missile destroyer USS GOLDSBOROUGH (DDG-20) during Operation Desert Storm

Civilian vehicles wait at a traffic light near a mosque during Operation Desert Storm.

A Foden 6x6 recovery vehicle assigned to the British army's 7th Armour Brigade is driven down the stern ramp of the Danish cargo ship Dana Cimbria after its arrival at the King Abdul Aziz Naval Port during Operation Desert Storm.

GEN. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, commander in chief, U.S. Central Command, puts his arm around NBC News correspondent Catherine Couric while visiting with members of the media during Operation Desert Storm

A UH-1N Iroquois helicopter is refueled in preparation for a mission during Operation Desert Storm. An M-2 .50-caliber machine gun is positioned on the side of the helicopter

An M-110A2 8-inch self-propelled howitzer of Btry. T, 5th Bn., 5th Marine Regt., 1ST Marine Div., stands beneath camouflage netting in a Marine base camp during Operation Desert Storm

President George Bush speaks to U.S. Military personnel gathered for his Thansgiving holiday visit during Operation Desert Storm

President George Bush, fourth from left, attends a prayer service during his visit to the amphibious assault ship USS NASSAU (LHA-4). Among those accompanying the president is his wife, Barbara, fourth from right. The president and his wife are paying Thanksgiving Day visits to U.S. military personnel deployed to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Storm

An assistant gets a pair of forceps for the doctor as a surgical team corrects a service member's deviated septum in a Fleet Hospital Five operating room during Operation Desert Storm

An assistant gets a pair of forceps for the doctor as a surgical team corrects a service member's deviated septum in a Fleet Hospital Five operating room during Operation Desert Storm

British soldiers from the Queen's Dragoon Guards fire their L2A3 Stelring submachine guns while conducting weapons training at Abu Hydra Range during Operation Desert Storm

A British soldier from the Queen's Dragoon Guards fires his L2A3 Stelring submachine guns while taking part in weapons training at Abu Hydra Range during Operation Desert Storm

An SH-3H Sea King helicopter hovers over the flight deck of the combat stores ship USS NIAGARA FALLS (AFS-3) while several bundles are hoisted aboard during Operation Desert Storm

Squadron Commander LT. COL. Bruce Wright, at podium, brief members of the 614th Tactical Fighter Squadron on the first daylight attack of Operation Desert Storm.

Operation Desert Storm planning graphic /

Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) divers board an inflatable boat as they prepare to head out into the harbor to search for Iraqi mines. U.S. and coalition EOD units are clearing mines and other ordnance from Kuwait's harbors following Operation Desert Storm

Seabee Floyd B. Jeffreys of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 constructs a tent frame in a Marine camp which is being built during Operation Desert Storm. Exact Date Shot Unknown

An HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Combat Search and Rescue/Special Warfare Support Squadron 4 (HCS-4) of Norfolk, Va., takes off in the sand for a search and rescue mission at the start of Operation Desert Storm.

Operation Desert Storm briefing graphic /

GUNNERY personnel aboard the battleship USS WISCONSIN (BB-64) stand by for the launch of a BGM-109 Tomahawk land-attack missile during Operation Desert Storm

Navy reservists and their families pass the time as they wait for their processing to be completed by the Naval Reserve Readiness Command 20 (REDCOM-20) personnel support detachment. The reservists have just returned from duty in the Persian Gulf region following Operation Desert Storm

Members of the 614th Tactical Fighter Squadron listen during a briefing on the first daylight attack of Operation Desert Storm.

Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 install electrical wiring in a tent frame in a Marine camp which is being built during Operation Desert Storm. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A BGM-109 Tomahawk land-attack missile (TLAN) is launched from a Mark 143 armored box launcher (ABL) aboard the battleship USS WISCONSIN (BB-64) during Operation Desert Storm

Two members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Detachment Mobile Unit 6 examine an Iraqi mine that washed ashore. U.S. and coalition EOD units are clearing mines and other ordnance from Kuwait's harbors following Operation Desert Storm

A close-up view of Mark 7 16-inch 50-caliber guns on the battleship USS WISCONSIN (BB-64) as the vessel is underway during Operation Desert Storm. A British BAe Nimrod aircraft flies near the vessel in the background.

A member of the 101st Airborne Division reads the newspaper while waiting for transportation to his duty station at the start of Operation Desert Storm.

Two Fighter Squadron 32 (VF-32) F-14A Tomcat aircraft bank toward the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) during Operation Desert Storm

A Seabee of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 attaches screening to a tent frame in a Marine camp which is being built during Operation Desert Storm. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 1 (HC-1) CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter prepares to land aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) while the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

A nurse checks the paperwork of a simulated casualty during a drill aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) while the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

Crew members check inventory records aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) as the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

An officer instructs a crew member on the bridge of the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) as the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

Medical personnel move simulated casualties during a drill aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20). The vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

A starboard bow view of the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20). The vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

Crew members aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) secure a distance line in preparation for underway replenishment between the COMFORT and the Canadian operational support ship HMCS PROTECTEUR (AOR-509). The vessels are deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

A crew member watches from the railing of the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) as the Canadian operational support ship HMCS PROTECTEUR (AOR-509) approaches to take part in underway replenishment operations. Both vessels are deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

A BGM-109 Tomahawk land-attack missile (TLAN) heads toward an Iraqi target after being launched from the battleship USS WISCONSIN (BB-64) during Operation Desert Storm

A Seabee from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 takes a break from shoveling sand away from the opening to a bunker during Operation Desert Storm. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A member of an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) stows a piece of equipment on the pier. U.S. and coalition EOD units are clearing mines and other ordnance from Kuwait's harbors following Operation Desert Storm

Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 install electrical wiring in a tent frame in a Marine camp which is being built during Operation Desert Storm. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Two Navy journalists edit videotape at the Joint Information Bureau during Operation Desert Storm.

An HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Combat Search and Rescue/Special Warfare Support Squadron 4 (HCS-4) of Norfolk, Va., is prepared for a search and rescue mission at the start of Operation Desert Storm.

A BGM-109 Tomahawk land-attack missile takes to the air after being launched from the battleship USS WISCONSIN (BB-64) during Operation Desert Storm

Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 install electrical wiring in a tent frame in a Marine camp which is being built during Operation Desert Storm. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A chief petty officer returning from Operation Desert Storm salutes as he makes his way down the gangplank

A member of Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 767 (HML-767) fires a .50-caliber M-2 machine gun from the door of a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter during during Operation DESERT STORM

Several GBU-16B/B Paveway II laser-guided bombs rest on bomb skids on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) during Operation Desert Storm. A Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 130 (VAQ-130) EA-6B Prowler aircraft, left, and an Attack Squadron 75 (VA-75) A-6E Intruder aircraft are in the background

Six F-14A Tomcat and an A-6E Intruder aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1) conduct an in-flight refueling with an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft while en route to their target during Operation Desert Storm. CVW-1 is deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66).

A view from the cockpit of a Fighter Squadron 32 (VF-32) F-14A Tomcat aircraft as it flies beneath a U.S. Air Force KC-135E Stratotanker aircraft prior to an in-flight refueling during Operation Desert Storm. VF-32 is based aboard the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67), which is on station in the Red Sea

SENIOR AIRMAN Brian Robinson from the 3rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron prepares to load cases of Mark 20 anti-tank bombs onto a truck for shipment to Operation Desert Storm

A pilot walks toward his SH-3 Sea King helicopter after delivering supplies aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) while the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

Medical personnel confer aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) as the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

Medical personnel tend to a simulated casualty during a drill aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20). The vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

An officer instructs medical personnel aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) while the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

A hospital corpsman checks a plasma sample in a laboratory aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) during Operation Desert Storm

A crew member exits from the main operating area aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) while the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

Medical personnel coordinate information at a scheduling station aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) while the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

Crew members aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) prepare for underway replenishment operations between the COMFORT and the Canadian operational support ship HMCS PROTECTEUR (AOR-509). The vessels are deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

Medical personnel converse aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) while the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

Crew members take part in a firefighting drill aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) as the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

Members of the 42nd Aerial Port Squadron load baggage on a C-5 Galaxy aircraft bound for Operation Desert Storm. The C-5, from the 60th Military Airlift Wing, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., will also take on passengers before continuing east

Three Marines climb the side of a berm as they move forward into attack positions during Operation DESERT STORM

Hull Technician 1ST Class Jeff Simons, left, a member of a U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team, examines a device with members of an Australian EOD unit. U.S. and coalition EOD units are clearing mines and other ordnance from Kuwait's harbors following Operation Desert Storm

An officer instructs medical personnel aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) while the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

A Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 1 (HC-1) CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter takes off from the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) as the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

GUNNER's Mate 3rd Class Matthew Groenewold, Boatswain's Mate 1ST Class Glenn T. Wade and Machinery Technician 3rd Class Eric Glenn, members of the U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET), stand by aboard the guided missile destroyer USS WILLIAM V. PRATT (DDG-44) prior to inspecting the Turkish freighter Rize K., the first vessel approved by the United Nations to deliver humanitarian aid to Iraq. LEDET team members are helping the Maritime Interdiction Force enforce U.S. sanctions against Iraq during Operation Desert Storm

Air traffic controllers monitor activity on the helicopter deck control station of the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) while the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

F-16A Flight Falcon fighter aircraft from the Air National Guard's 174th Tactical Fighter Wing, Hancock Field, N.Y., armed with Mark 84 2,000-pound bombs, stand ready for a mission at the start of Operation Desert Storm.

American, British and Australian explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) divers gather at their base camp after a day's work. U.S. and coalition EOD units are clearing mines and other ordnance from Kuwait's harbors following Operation Desert Storm

A BGM-109 Tomahawk land-attack missile heads toward an Iraqi target after being launched from a Mark 143 armored box launcher (ABL) aboard the battleship USS WISCONSIN (BB-64) during Operation Desert Storm

Members of an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) unit sit in an inflatable boat as they prepare to enter the water to search for Iraqi mines. U.S. and coalition EOD units are clearing mines and other ordnance from Kuwait's harbors following Operation Desert Storm

A crowd marches near the White House to show their support for Operation Desert Storm

An HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Combat Search and Rescue/Special Warfare Support Squadron 4 (HCS-4) of Norfolk, Va., takes off in the sand for a search and rescue mission at the start of Operation Desert Storm.

One of the Mark 38 5-inch/38-caliber guns aboard the battleship USS WISCONSIN (BB-64) is fired during Operation Desert Storm

Seabee Floyd B. Jeffreys of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 constructs a tent frame in a Marine camp which is being built during Operation Desert Storm. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 construct a tent frame in a Marine camp which is being built during Operation Desert Storm. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A member of the 101st Airborne Division cleans an M-16A2 rifle while waiting for transportation to his duty station at the start of Operation Desert Storm.

A BGM-109 land-attack missile (TLAM) rises into the air after being launched against an Iraqi target by the destroyer USS FIFE (DD-991) during Operation Desert Storm.

Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Roy Hunt of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Detachment 6 examines an Iraqi contact mine that washed ashore following Operation Desert Storm

Marines of the 1ST Marine Expeditionary Force (1ST MEF) move across the Saudi desert back to their camp following a training exercise during Operation Desert Storm

COL. C.O. Hoelle, commanding officer, Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, S.C., welcomes home a Marine returning from Operation Desert Storm