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Army in Desert Storm

Post by guest » Sat Sep 02, 2006 11:31 am

Can someone tell me where the army was stationed during desert storm? Any specific city? Special compounds? Did they have names?

Were troops from Fort Carson deployed during desert storm? If so what Battalions?
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Post by Dagger X-Ray » Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:09 pm

The Army was stationed all over the place. When we first arrived, many of us were staying at Kobar Towers waiting on our equipment (tanks, Bradleys, trucks, HMMV's and so on) to arrive. Most of the Marines were on the coast, much of the Air Force was overhead (we had some AF detachments assigned to us as communication liasons between the Army and the Air Force so they wouldn't drop anything on us).

In Desert Storm, we weren't there long enough to establish "compounds", we moved around too much plus we didn't plan on being there long.

Ft. Carson units that went that I can find:

984th MP
HHC 43rd CSG
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Post by Dispacther » Sat Sep 09, 2006 12:19 pm

From Ft. Carson , With HHC 43rd CSG , there were three transportation units ,
small command and control elements less than a dozen personel ,
two M.P. units the 984th and another just back from Panama , and a
M.A.S.H. element unless I'm mistaken.

After we arrived at the international airport , we were bussed out to
"Cement City" near KKMC (King Kalid[sp?] Military City) , there was
a lot of the 82nd Airborne there , to wait for the gear to reach port in
Damam (sp?) ,then we lived in the sand a couple or five miles behind
the front . We saw Kobar Towers after packing gear and waiting to
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Post by Quib » Wed Oct 11, 2006 10:52 am

I had this question asked of me once. “What were the barracks like in Desert Storm?” I had a good chuckle out of that! The CAV doesn’t sleep in barracks!
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Post by Dagger X-Ray » Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:48 am

My "barracks" in DS was a hole that was half again larger than my military cot that was dug with my GI issued entrenching tool. I set my tent half along with a borrowed one up over the hole and my poncho about a foot over that. On average it took me about 3 hours to dig the hole each time.

I had 1 end of the hole ramped up to the outside. Inside, by the cot, I had a 5 gallon can of water, my rucksack, and my sleeping bag.

The hole, each time, was approx. 4' deep with the dugout sand topping the outer edge of the hole therefore making it seem deeper. The walls of the hole were a constant 75* - 80* so it wasn't so bad in there. I was a night shifter at the point I started digging my holes so had to sleep in it during the day. One of my last ones was outside the cease fire tents at the end of Safwan Air Field.

I had pictures but almost noone of them came out. Such a shame cuz I took over 400 pics with that camera and only 3-4 came out of any of them, apparently some of that nasty Arab sand had gotten into the camera and messed it up.
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Post by bilbo37 » Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:16 pm

We had tents. But for the time we were in there we had to turn everything in for re issue.... Sand everywhere... Didn't matter how well you kept things clean...
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Post by rodneyw71 » Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:32 pm

I was in the Airforce, we slept in big tents I think there were 10 - 12 people per tent.
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Post by bilbo37 » Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:50 pm

We had a GP SMALL.. An it was small.... with all the stuff we had crammed in there... Should have left it all in the trucks and trailers....
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Post by SaucyWench » Sun Oct 15, 2006 2:45 am

bilbo37 wrote:We had a GP SMALL.. An it was small.... with all the stuff we had crammed in there... Should have left it all in the trucks and trailers....
There are only so many personalities you can squeeze into a GP small. :roll: A buddy and I made a cozy little bungalo out of several shelter halves and ponchos. :wink:
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Post by MACTANK » Wed Mar 21, 2007 6:00 pm

I had my Platoon of 16 in a GP medium.

Once we moved from the TAA, my tent was the sky, which was my view from the back deck of an M1A1.
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Post by Redmaxx » Wed Mar 21, 2007 9:33 pm

I slept in a 5 ton or a duece and a half most of the time, that is when I wasn't on guard duty, working or KP.
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Post by robkeller » Thu Mar 22, 2007 9:50 am

When my Army Reserve unit first got to Saudi we stayed in the tent city at King Abdul Aziz Seaport in Dammam. Then took a bus to Log Base Alpha. Stayed there for a couple of months then we were in TAA Roosevelt for a few days before moving on to Log Base Echo. After going to Bahrain for a few days of R&R we moved to KKMC. I don't know how our LT did it but he was able to procure a GP small and a GP medium for our unit even though there was only 4 of us including the LT. Worked out pretty good since the LT took the GP small for himself and left the GP medium for the rest of us.
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Post by FA1SGret » Tue Apr 24, 2007 9:41 am

We flew into Daman (sp?) airport on 17 Dec 90, then spent some time at the Dew Drop Inn while waiting on equipment.

We were in our initial TAA by Christmas ... I remember burning the crapper barrels on christmas morning; standing around them singing carols.

I had a small squad tent ... not bad, we had three folks in there ... comfortable, when we were in it, which was not very often at all ... we spent 18 - 20+ hours a day in or around the 577 ... M577, mobile hospitality ... coffee, heater, radios, more radios maps, more maps, graphics, and a battalion+ of Arty at the ready.

To the question ... The Tactical Assembly Areas had names ... they were normally made up by the Operations folks while assembling the graphics, then posted at higher and lower echelons for commonality. I don't remember the TAA names though ... I wish a thousand times I would have saved our overlays ... valuable information now that there is such a controvercy over the unit locations during the demolitions.

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Post by San Antonio GWV » Sat May 12, 2007 4:30 pm

From what I can remember, I was in Daman waiting for the ship with our crap. I remember some sort of compound where I did a lot of sleeping at. From there we went into the desert for Thanksgiving and Christmas (slept in a tent). Next stop KKMC, then 1 mile south of the border with Iraq (slept in the back of my radio truck), then somewhere in the middle of Iraq. It was near that munitions dump that some genius decided to blow up without first checking to see what the hell was in it. I slept in a hole in the ground that one of my Engineer buddies dug for me with his back hoe. After the war ended, we went to some tent city, I think it was on KKMC. Then to Camp To-Let (toilet) then to the chicken ranch (Not sure on the order of those moves) then back to Ft. Hood.

I wish that I could remember in more detail of what went on, but for the most part I just get bits and pieces in my dreams and day-dreams.

Just thinking about the chicken ranch, I just remembered that there where shit loads of flies and all the insecticides that you could throw at them! That part of my expierence in Saudi Arabia is just a blur. I wonder what happened there to make me forget?

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Post by 1stCavMac » Thu May 24, 2007 12:07 am

I was in the 1st Cav and we got to Daman in Sept. and "climatized" for 4 days. Took off for the desert for and didn't jump for 3 months. I had no idea where were actually at, but it was somewhere south of the Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi border juncture. In January, we jumped further north (just off the border) and during the ground war we jumped about 3 times until we were in Iraq and west of Kuwait (almost to the the HOD). We left the desert in April and spent two weeks in the apartments for the nomads that were never used and I got home in late April. From September until April we lived in a bunker. We got one visit to the Aramaco homes/host family for a 4 hour shower and dinner. It was awesome.

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