. . . Operation Desert Shield became Operation Desert Storm as the Allied coalition's air forces forced their way into Iraq to begin dismantling its air defenses and pulverizing its ground forces.
I was up late in South Africa, watching CNN on satellite feed, and I can still remember the thrill of that first strike on Baghdad (which took CNN's correspondents there off the air). In the days that followed, video footage of precision bombs hitting their targets with pin-point accuracy demonstrated that air bombardment had entered a new era. Less than a third of the bombs dropped during Operation Desert Storm were guided; today, it's rare to the point of being really unusual to find 'dumb' bombs being dropped on anything.
Here's a news report from that night, nineteen years ago.
Say what you will about war, this one was justified and necessary. Well done to all who served in it, and thank you.