In January of 1991 before the launching the commencement of Operation Desert Storm, Colonel Michael J. Williams (now retired 4-star USMC General) the commanding Officer of Marine Air Group 26 receives orders to deploy his Helicopter Air Group to a position 18 miles south of the Kuwait Border to provide support for offensive operations. The position was located in the desert 150 miles away from the nearest seaport where a ship was storing expeditionary air field steel mats. The American forces had been using flat bed commercial trucks to move into positions throughout Saudi Arabia. They were lined up like taxi cabs outside of American Airports just waiting for their next fare. Just like the Mama Sans in Japan knew about ship deployments so did the Saudi's commercial trucks and vendors knew about the upcoming offensive action. Suddenly one morning I noticed that every vendor had closed shop and hundreds of commercial trucks disappear. No trucks. No Airfield. So how did MAG-26 build an airfield without any trucks right before Desert Storm? Someone with the Call Sign "Godfather" would oversee the building of Lonesome Dove. See Chapter 13 in Annapolis Creed.
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In December 1990, MAG-26 relocated to expeditionary airfield Lonesome Dove in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, to support the I Marine Expeditionary Force and the 2nd Marine Division in the liberation of Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm. The composite squadron included nine squadrons from MAG-26, MAG-29 and the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing.
Dr. Jordan B smith jr.
I attended the U. S. Naval Academy from 1972-1976 earning a B.S. in Mathematics. Served 20 years both active and reserve in the US Marines. Veteran of the Desert Shield/Storm. I earned a MAED and Ed D. specializing in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix in 2015. I graduated from CBC High School in Clayton, MO in 1972.