Heroes From The Heart Of Virginia: Gulf War
Lynchburg, VA - It was one of the shortest wars in American history. It took only seven months, but the first Gulf War changed the way we look at modern combat.
Iraqi's called it "The Mother of all Battles." It also marked the first live battlefield news conferences, but some believe Desert Storm and Desert Shield don't get the respect they deserve.
"It's kind of forgotten, I think, a little bit," U.S. Air Force Gulf War Veteran Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Hosfeld said.
Liberty University police officer Jeffrey Hosfeld was in Saudi Arabia at the time. As an Air Force Staff Sergeant, he protected an airfield for U.S. Bombers. "It was a very real experience, as real as we're out in an area where something could happen," Staff Sgt. Hosfeld said.
The U.S. began its aerial bombardment in January of 1991. Hosfeld had a front row seat.
"To see what we saw, some of the footage we got of the planes that flew out and came back and pulling off their cameras and everything else, it made us feel, wow, unbelievable," he said.
Operation Desert Storm Commander, General Norman Schwarzkopf, said, "To respond to Saddam Hussein's notion that he has seen the best the coalition has to offer, my response would be, the best is yet to come."
Hosfeld says the mission was a huge success, even though many think they didn't finish the job.
"With the current Iraq War, when it first kicked off, several people have kind of mentioned, well we should have done the job differently when we were there the first time," Staff Sgt. Hosfeld said.
"Our job in that mission was to liberate Kuwait and not necessarily go into Iraq. So we did what we needed to do on the first Gulf War."
Coalition forces did chase Iraqi troops out of Kuwait and even launched a brief ground assault. They declared a cease-fire five days later.