Professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction, this unique monograph tells the story of the Marines and sailors of the 1st Force Service Support Group, the 2d Force Service Support Group, Marine Wing Support Group 37, and the 3d Naval Construction Regiment whose combined efforts gave the I Marine Expeditionary Force the ability to eject Iraqi forces from Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm. This document is part of a preliminary series of official Marine Corps histories that cover Marine Corps operations in the Gulf War.
During the Persian Gulf crisis, the History and Museums Division sent a team to Saudi Arabia to produce first-hand accounts of unit operations. In November 1990, five Reserve officers from the Mobilization Training Unit (MTU) (History)-DC-7 arrived in Saudi Arabia, deployed to different commands, accompanied their units throughout the battle, and produced powerful narratives on the operations of I Marine Expeditionary Force, the 1st Marine Division, the 2d Marine Division, and Marine Forces Afloat. Unforeseen circumstances prevented a logistics history from being included in the series, so the Secretary of the Navy recalled Major Steven M. Zimmeck, USMC (Ret), to active duty to complete this account of Marine Corps combat service support in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
The First Shot in the War of Logistics * 2 August-2 September 1990 * Gathering the Pieces * BSSG-1 * Drawing the Mameluke * Tools of the Trade * Creating the General Logistics Support System * Extending Direct Support to Regimental Combat Team 7 * Extending Direct Support to Marine Aircraft Group 70 * A Logistics Snapshot One Month After the Iraqi Invasion * Defending Jubayl * 3 September-31 October 1990 * The Situation * 1st FSSG Reorganizes * Supporting the 3d MAW * The Seabees Arrive * Jubayl Naval Air Facility * King Abdul Aziz Naval Air Station * Ras Al Ghar * Shaikh Isa * Supporting the 1st Marine Division * September: Supply Point Distribution * October: Mobile Resupply * General Support of the MEF * Motor Transport * Landing Support * Medical and Dental * Supply * Maintenance * Engineer Operations * Headquarters and Support Group * Marine Forces Afloat * Three Months after the Invasion * Switching to the Offense * November and December 1990 * The Situation * How to Merge the 1st and 2d FSSGs? * The 1st FSSG Restructures and Refocuses * The Establishment of GSG-2 * DSG-1, November-December 1990 * The Seabees Prepare for Reinforcements and the Offensive * Reinforcements * Establishing the Direct Support Command * The Year Ends * Desert Shield Ends and Desert Storm Begins * 1-31 January 1991 * The Situation * Leaning North: 1-16 January 1991 * Marine Wing Support Group 37 * Setting Up Kibrit * DSG-1 Reorganizes and Deploys to the Field * Ingenuity * DSG-2 Deploys to the Field * Desert Storm Begins: 17-29 January 1991 * Marine Wing Support Group 37 * 1st Force Service Support Group * The Direct Support Command * Iraq Attacks Near Qaraah and Khafji 29-31 January 1991 * Conclusion * Flexibility and Forward to Attack Positions * 1-23 February 1991 * Moving to the Attack * I MEF Changes Its Plan * The Decision * Khanjar * Lonesome Dove * The Seabees * The Buildup * The 2d Marine Division and DSG-2 Move West * Pushing Forward to the Ground War: Final Plans, Preparations, Problems, and Positions * The Direct Support Command * Direct Support Group 2 * Direct Support Group 1 * Combat Service Support Detachment 91 * MWSG-37 and The Seabees Final Preparations * Conclusion * The Ground War * 24-28 February 1991 * G-Day: 24 February 1991 * The 2d Marine Division Zone of Action * The 1st Marine Division Zone of Action * G+1: 25 February 1991 * The 2d Marine Division Zone of Action * The 1st Marine Division Zone of Action * G+2: 26 February 1991 * The 2d Marine Division Zone of Action * The 1st Marine Division Zone of Action * The Direct Support Command * The Deluge of Enemy Prisoners of War