: This photograph, part of the Rodger Cuccio Collection, is of a group of firefighters from Marion, Ohio, and C-130 air crewmen from Columbus holding the Ohio flag. It was taken in Safwan, Iraq, during the first Persian Gulf War in 1991. Rodger Cuccio was a member of the 356th Tactical Airlift Squadron stationed at Rickenbacker Air Force Base near Columbus. His unit, along with four others, was attached to the 907th Tactical Airlift Group, U.S. Airforce Reserve. This squadron, made up of over 250 servicemen and women, served in the Gulf War from January to June of 1991.
While in Kuwait, Cuccio’s unit flew over 2,000 sorties, hauled over 4,400 tons of cargo and moved more than 13,000 people during Operation Desert Storm. Additional missions of the 907th squadron included resupplying Kuwait City after its liberation, redeployment of troops from Iraq to Saudi Arabia following the signing of the United Nations peace treaty, and evacuation of Shiite Muslims from southern Iraq. The men and women of the 907th Tactical Airlift Group returned to Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts on June 14, 1991, after 141 days overseas. Other photographs in the Cuccio Collection depict camp life for U.S. soldiers, old artillery and military aircraft, Kuwaiti refugees, and Kuwait City and the surrounding areas. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Military Ohio; Persian Gulf War, 1991; Soldiers; Flags; Military uniforms Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio); Marion (Ohio); Marion County (Ohio); Iraq