Bennett, William, CSM

Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
 
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Current Service Status
USA Active
Current/Last Rank
Command Sergeant Major
Current/Last Service Branch
Engineer Corps
Current/Last Primary MOS
12Z-Combat Engineer Senior Sergeant
Current/Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2009-Present, Engineer School (Staff), Fort Leonard Wood
Previously Held MOS
12B10-Combat Engineer
21B-Combat Engineer
21Z-Combat Engineering Senior Sergeant
Service Years
1987 - Present
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Enduring Freedom
Cold War Certificate


Sapper
Command Sergeant Major


Eight Service Stripes



Five Overseas Service Bars


 Official Badges 

Drill Sergeant Badge Drill Sergeant Campaign Hat (Male)


 Unofficial Badges 

de FLEURY Medallion (Bronze)


 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of the Purple HeartNon Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA)Army Engineer Association (AEA)Association of United States Army (AUSA)
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
  1990, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1990, Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1995, Army Engineer Association (AEA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2000, Association of United States Army (AUSA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2003, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) [Verified]


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Currently attending USASMA class 59.
   
Other Comments:
Not Specified
   
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Gulf War/Defense of Saudi Arabia
Start Year
1990
End Year
1991

Description
In 1990, fellow Arab Gulf states refused to endorse Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's plan to cut production and raise the price of oil, leaving him frustrated and paranoid. Iraq had incurred a mountain of debt during its war with Iran that had lasted for most of the previous decade, and the Iraqi President felt that his Arab brothers were conspiring against him by refusing to raise oil prices. Therefore, after weeks of massing troops along the Iraq-Kuwait border and accusing Kuwait of various crimes, Hussein sent seven divisions of the Iraqi Army into Kuwait in the early morning hours of 2 August 1990. The invasion force of 120,000 troops and 2,000 tanks quickly overwhelmed Iraq's neighbor to the south, allowing Hussein to declare, in less than a week, that Kuwait was his nation's nineteenth province. The United Nations responded quickly, passing a series of resolutions that condemned the invasion, called for an immediate withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Kuwait, imposed a financial and trade embargo on Iraq, and declared the annexation void.

Regarding Iraq's actions as a threat to a vital interest of the US, namely the oil production capability of the Persian Gulf region, President George Bush ordered warplanes and ground forces to Saudi Arabia after obtaining King Fahd's approval. Iraqi troops had begun to mass along the Saudi border, breaching it at some points, and indicating the possibility that Hussein's forces would continue south into Saudi Arabia's oil fields. Operation DESERT SHIELD, the US military deployment to first defend Saudi Arabia grew rapidly to become the largest American deployment since the Southeast Asia Conflict. The Gulf region was within US Central Command's (CENTCOM) area of responsibility. Eventually, 30 nations joined the military coalition arrayed against Iraq, with a further 18 countries supplying economic, humanitarian, or other type of assistance.

Carriers in the Gulf of Oman and the Red Sea responded, US Air Force interceptors deployed from bases in the United States, and airlift transports carried US Army airborne troopers to Saudi Arabia. Navy prepositioning ships rushed equipment and supplies for an entire marine brigade from Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean to the gulf. During the next six months the United States and its allies built up a powerful force in the Arabian peninsula. The navy also began maritime intercept operations in support of a US-led blockade and United Nations sanctions against Iraq.

Coalition forces, specifically XVIII Airborne Corps and VII Corps, used deception cells to create the impression that they were going to attack near the Kuwaiti boot heel, as opposed to the "left hook" strategy actually implemented. XVIII Airborne Corps set up "Forward Operating Base Weasel" near the boot heel, consisting of a phony network of camps manned by several dozen soldiers. Using portable radio equipment, cued by computers, phony radio messages were passed between fictitious headquarters. In addition, smoke generators and loudspeakers playing tape-recorded tank and truck noises were used, as were inflatable Humvees and helicopters.

On 17 January 1991, when it became clear that Saddam would not withdraw, Desert Shield became Desert Storm.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1990
To Year
1991
 
Last Updated:
Dec 8, 2008
   
Personal Memories

People You Remember
My Platoon (3/A/307th) was attached to 2nd BDE, 82nd ABN DIV (325th Airborne Infantry Regiment). Eventually we got sent back to 1st BDE (504th PIR) where we belonged


Memories
Being at a place called Abquake (ab cake), living in an old maintenance shed. They had to wash the pigeon shit out before we could move in.

I just remember never being so hot and miserable in my life, especially after patrolling all night and then being too hot to sleep by 0900.

Moving to "Champion Main" and living indoors in an air conditioned maintenance bay with 600 of my closest friends. The showers were the vehicle wash racks that somebody fitted with shower heads.

Shitty food at champion main. Until the supply situation improved we would get one hot meal each day. Generally breakfast, which consisted of powdered eggs and a piece of fried bologna. By the time you walked from the serving line to sit down flies covered your chow and you had to throw it away.

   
Units Participated in Operation

1st Armored Division

1st Cavalry Division (Unit of Action)

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

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