The Louisiana National Guard at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans opens a Desert Storm exhibit today to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the conflict. Louisiana National Guard Historian Rhett Breerwood says 16 of our guard’s units were mobilized and nine were sent to the war zone.
He says the Boots in the Sand exhibit honors multiple units, one being the 527th Engineer Battalion out of Bossier City.
“They broke through the berm barriers between Iraq and Saudi Arabia for the forces to go in in their areas of operations. Also, the last ones in Iraq because they had to close the berms up afterwards.”
A closing date has not been set for the Desert Storm display. Breerwood says the 159th MASH Unit is also being honored in the exhibit. He says they played a significant role during the conflict and they were the last ones to leave.
“They had a rare situation for a MASH Unit, in that they captured several enemy soldiers, which is kind of rare for a medical unit.”
Breerwood says as visitors tour the exhibit, they can expect to see original equipment, uniforms and pictures taken by soldiers overseas from 1990 to 1991. He says also many enemy weapons captured by Guardsman will be on display.
“We also have large vehicles and things outside the museum that are either served directly in the war or are representative of, as well.”