United States Army Reserve in Operation Desert Storm. Port Operations
ANDRULIS RESEARCH CORP BETHESDA MD
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This is one in a series of monographs describing and assessing the role of the United States Army Reserve in winning the war in the Persian Gulf. This report on the role of the Army Reserve in Port Operations demonstrates how indispensable the capabilities of the Army Reserve are to Total Force effectiveness in time of war. Highly trained and technically competent Army Reserve soldiers were called upon to exercise their skills in managing ports of embarkation and debarkation, loading and unloading the ships used to transport personnel and equipment to the theater of operations. Such specialized skills, unaffordable or in short supply in the Active Army during peacetime, are economically maintained and readily provided by the Army Reserve at the time of an emergency. Sixteen of 25 Army Reserve units belonging to the Military Traffic Management Command were activated during Operation Desert Storm. Reserve soldiers in the remaining nine units also supported the deployment and redeployment during periods of annual training or extended temporary tours of active duty. The stellar performance of all was the clear result of years of experience in relevant civilian jobs and in periodic training exercises with Active Component counterparts.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics