Desert Storm 30th Anniversary Commemoration taking place at Pentagon Barracks in Baton Rouge


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – On Jan. 17, 1991, Operation Desert Storm commenced and for 42 days, almost 700,000 U.S. troops took part in the war against Iraq.

The Louisiana National Guard contributed thousands of soldiers to the war effort including the deployment of 1,812 soldiers and federal mobilization of 6,600 soldiers.

On Friday, October 29, the efforts of those soldiers will be celebrated at the Desert Storm 30th Anniversary Commemoration.

Starting at 11 a.m., the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs is hosting an event at the Pentagon Barracks in Baton Rouge.

These distinguished individuals are expected to attend Friday’s event:

  • Major General Bennett Landreneau
  • LDVA Secretary Joey Strickland, COL (USA Retired)
  • Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser
  • Major General Keith Waddell
  • House Speaker Clay Schexnayder

“It is our great honor to recognize Louisiana’s Desert Storm veterans upon the 30th anniversary of
that conflict,” said LDVA Secretary Joey Strickland, COL (USA Retired). “Each Desert Storm
veteran who attends the ceremony will be honored individually for their service and sacrifice to our
great nation.”

299 U.S. soldiers were killed during Operation Desert Storm.

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