first gulf war also know as Operation Desert Storm. On January 17th 1991 the US commenced the air campaign against Iraqi forces that had invaded Kuwait the year before. The "war" officially lasted only another 42 days but the effects are still being felt today.
20 years and 1 day ago I made my one and only carrier trap aboard the USS Midway which was in a full war footing in preparation for launching what would be the first of 20 years of almost continuous air operations that continue to this day.
Who would have thought back then that 20 years later we would still be fighting in the region with no end in sight?