As we approach the 20th anniversary of 9/11, SURVICE would take some time to acknowledge another important date to remember. This month marks the 30th Anniversary of the Gulf War. Many of those who served in Afghanistan and Iraq were first called to service during this conflict. It was the first post-Cold War crisis that the country faced. During its short duration, the United States was able to form a coalition of NATO allies and Middle Eastern countries to oppose Iraqi aggression. 

 

In honor of this important day in history, SURVICE would like to recognize our Gulf War veterans throughout the next few weeks. Thank you for serving your country during times of peace and times of war.

Jack Knight 

Jack Knight ProfileMilitary Title:  T-38 Instructor Pilot
SURVICE Title:  Systems Analyst

“During the Gulf War I was stationed stateside at Sheppard AFB in Texas, where I was a T-38 Instructor Pilot training the next generation of fighter pilots for the USAF and NATO.  My best memory of that time was seeing the large letters “Beat Iraq” carved into the farmer’s field just north of the runway.”

Heidi Jensen

Heidi JensenMilitary Title:  First Lieutenant and Maintenance Officer
SURVICE Title:  Program Manager for the ARL-SETA Contract

“Operation Desert Storm, popularly known as the first Gulf War, was the successful U.S.-Allied response to Iraq's attempt to overwhelm neighboring Kuwait.  It was a great show of force and collaboration as 34 countries worked together to defeat Saddam Hussein who refused to withdraw his Iraqi forces from Kuwait by the January 15, 1991 deadline.  "On the ground, the war's outcome was not as certain as the media portrayed it.  My company lost three fellow Soldiers during this time and I will never forget their bravery and the support that they provided to their fellow Warfighters." 

Rodney Rhoades

Rodney RhoadesMilitary Title:  Squad Leader
SURVICE Title:  Business Development

“I was 22 years old, married to my high school sweetheart, our son was 5 years old and I was a Squad Leader responsible for 10 Soldiers heading to Saudi Arabia/to war. During that deployment I learned so much about myself, the leader that I thought I was and the leader that I became. I watched my young Soldiers become men and women. We went from being a squad to being a family and we each grew in our own ways. I loved each and every moment. One year later I returned home a better leader, but it was so much more than that. I came back a man who appreciated life in a different way. I learned to be a father and husband that appreciated my family in a very different way, a better way.”

David Feser

David FeserMilitary Title:  Company Commander of the 229th Military Police Company
SURVICE Title:  Army Nonlethal Weapons Program Support Officer

“During the Gulf War I was commander of an Army Military Police Company that performed area security and law enforcement.  It was both the hardest job I ever had and the most satisfying.  All these years later I am still proud of the wonderful work performed by the members of the 229th MP Company and having the honor to serve them is among the most significant chapters of my life.”

Mark Obrien

Mark O'BrienMilitary Title:  Battery Commander
SURVICE Title:  Technical Team Leader, Survivability/Lethality Team

“At the time the Gulf War kicked off, not long after we had witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, I was a Battery Commander in the 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery of the 17th Field Artillery Brigade in Augsburg, Germany. Our battalion was a nuclear capable 203mm howitzer battalion with a General Support (to VII Corps) Reinforcing (1st Armored Division Artillery) mission. Because the brigade was nuclear capable (203mm, 155mm, MLRS and Patriot) we were too far into the process of being dissolved, in compliance with the Conventional Forces in Europe Agreement signed with the Soviet Union, to deploy to theater, but instead performed a logistics support mission for deploying VII Corps units, to include equipment and personnel, while we were also re-deploying soldiers and families back to the CONUS.”

Al Pratt

Al PrattMilitary Title:  Remotely Piloted Vehicle  Mission Commander and Internal Pilot
SURVICE Title:  DoD IAC Senior Aviation Analyst

“During Desert Storm I flew what was then called Remotely Piloted Vehicles (RPV), now known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).  We were really high-speed at the time with our black and white video!”

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