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The Persian Gulf Conflict
When Iraq invaded Kuwait in early August 1990, the Michigan National Guard proved the Department of Defense's Total Force Policy was worth the resources spent on it over the previous 15 years. From the first warning messages sent by U.S. Forces Command that tensions were escalating in the Persian Gulf region until the last troops were released from active duty in January 1992, the Michigan National Guard deployed 1,638 members all over the world. They supported United Nations operations to restore the Republic of Kuwait to its original borders.
A Michigan National Guard soldier from Midland's 460th Supply and Service Company stands watch somewhere in Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf conflict.
The following Michigan National Guard units participated in either Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, or both:
- 1009th Transportation Detachment, Lansing
- 460th Service and Support Company, Midland
- 1461st Transportation Company, Jackson
- 1073rd Maintenance Company, Greenville
- 1439th Engineer Detachment, Grayling
- 1440th Engineer Detachment, Grayling
- 207th Evacuation Hospital, Detroit
- 745th Ordnance Detachment, Grayling
- Headquarters, 210th MP Battalion, Detroit
- Headquarters, 146th MP Battalion, Owosso
- 144th MP Company, Owosso
- 1776th MP Company, Detroit
- 1072nd Maintenance Company, Sturgis, Coldwater, Lansing