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Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm Timeline

The timeline shows the major events of the United States' involvement in the United Nations' action to liberate the nation of Kuwait from occupying Iraqi forces.


Fast Facts

Source: 1991 "Defense Almanac"

Air Deployment Missions


U.S. Casualties


U.S. Commanders, U.S. Central Command, Operation Desert Storm


Coalition Aircraft Losses


Estimated Iraqi Losses Reported by U.S. Central Command, March 7, 1991


Enemy Prisoners of War Captured


Operation Provide Comfort

August 2, 1990

Iraq invades Kuwait

August 7, 1990

Operation Desert Shield Begins

August 7, 1990

First U.S. Forces—F-15 Eagle fighters from Langley Air Force Base, Virginia—arrive in Saudi Arabia

August 1990

U.S. Navy preventive-medicine personnel and scientists began evaluating disease risks among deployed troops

August 12, 1990

First Operation Desert Shield-related U.S. death

August 22, 1990

First call-up of Selected Reservists to active duty for 90 days authorized by executive order.

September 1990

First large-scale, in-theater painting operation established at the port of Ad Dammam

September 1990

Team from Walter Reed Army Institute of Research arrives to discuss stress and psychological status with soldiers

November 12, 1990

Call-up widened in subsequent authorizations; period of service extended to 180 days by executive order

December 21, 1990

FDA issues the Interim Rule, "Informed Consent is Not Feasible" (FR 52814)

Last Updated: July 11, 2023
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