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/Liberation and Defense of Kuwait/Operation Desert Storm
Start Year
1991
End Year
1991

Description
Just after midnight on January 17, 1991 in the U.S., Bush gave the order for U.S. troops to lead an international coalition in an attack on Saddam Hussein’s army. U.S. General Norman Schwarzkopf led “Operation Desert Storm,” which began with a massive bombing of Hussein’s armies in Iraq and Kuwait. The ensuing campaign, which is remembered in part for the United States’ use of superior military technology, introduced the term “smart bombs” to the global vernacular—precision-bombing devices aimed primarily at destroying infrastructure and minimizing civilian casualties. In response, Hussein launched SCUD missiles into Saudi Arabia and Israel. Iraq’s use of SCUDs, notoriously inaccurate weapons designed to terrorize civilian targets, nearly succeeded in inciting the Israelis to retaliate. Hussein hoped an Israeli military response would draw neighboring Arab nations into the fight on Iraq’s side, but he again committed a grave miscalculation. Bush reassured Israelis that the U.S. would protect them from Hussein’s terrifying SCUD attacks and Israel resisted the urge to retaliate. Soon after, U.S. –installed Patriot missiles destroyed SCUD missiles in flight and further foiled Hussein’s plan to goad Israel into a holy war.

Following an intense bombing of Baghdad, U.S.-led coalition ground forces marched into Kuwait and across the Iraq border. Regular Iraqi troops surrendered in droves, leaving only Hussein’s hard-line Republican Guard to defend the capital, which they were unsuccessful in doing. After pushing Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait, Schwarzkopf called a ceasefire on February 28; he accepted the surrender of Iraqi generals on March 3.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1991
To Year
1991
 
Last Updated:
Dec 8, 2008
   
Personal Memories

People You Remember
A/ Co., 307th EN BN, 82nd ABN DIV attached to 1st BDE, 82nd ABN DIV (504th Parachute Infantry Regiment)


Memories
We didn't do any shooting. The tankers and mech guys did all of that. We did take some prisoners though.

One morning in Iraq an Infantry team leader was checking weapons and discharged one of his Soldier's M-203 rounds. It exploded harmlessly in the desert, but caused quite a bit of commotion.

   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

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