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This timeline shows the major events of the United States' involvement in the United Nations' action to liberate the nation of Kuwait from occupying Iraqi forces.

1990

Aug. 2

Iraq Invades Kuwait

Aug. 7

Operation Desert Shield begins

Aug. 7

First U.S. Forces—F-15 Eagle fighters from Langley Air Force Base, Virginia—arrive in Saudi Arabia

Aug.

Beginning in August 1990, US Navy preventive-medicine personnel and scientists began evaluating disease risks among deployed troops

Aug. 12

First Operation Desert Shield-related US death

Aug. 22

President George Bush authorizes first call-up of Selected Reservists to active duty for 90 days, by executive order.

Call-up widened in subsequent authorizations; period of service extended to 180 days on Nov 12, 1990, by executive order

Sept.

A group of approximately 16 Department of Defense civilians from Anniston Army Depot established the first large-scale, in-theater painting operation at the port of Ad Dammam

Sept.

A team from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research arrives in the Gulf to begin the first of several efforts to discuss with soldiers issues such as stress and psychological status

Dec. 21

Food and Drug Administration issues the Interim Rule, "Informed Consent is Not Feasible" (FR 52814)

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