A day marked in history, January 16, 1991— President George H. W. Bush announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to combat the Iraqi military’s invasion of Kuwait.
After Saddam Hussein’s refusal to remove his military forces from Kuwait, the 39-member coalition supporting Desert Storm initiated their strategic aerial bombardment campaign of military targets across the nation.
Throughout 42 consecutive nights, the coalition conducted over 100,000 sorties, dropping over 85,000 tons of ordnance.
As a result, Saddam and his forces were pushed back—liberating Kuwait, which showcased the coalition’s successful execution of a multi-domain military campaign.
With a successful military operation relying on logistical support from multiple locations, the…