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Former President Bush #41 Marks Desert Storm 20th Anniversary

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(COLLEGE STATION, Texas) -- It was a gathering of Republican foreign policy heavyweights Thursday in College Station, Texas, as former President George H.W. Bush marked the 20th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm with his national security team.

Speaking before an audience of several thousand people, including Gulf War veterans, active duty military and students from Texas A&M University, including some from Iraq and Kuwait, Bush credited his Cabinet and military team for their leadership and unity during the planning and execution of the air and ground attacks that liberated Kuwait from invasion by Iraq.

“No president was ever better served by his foreign policy team,” Bush said.

Along with Bush, the event included former Vice President Dan Quayle, then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin Powell, former Secretary of State James A. Baker III and then-National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft.

Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of the coalition forces, was unable to be there because of health issues, but he sent a letter that was read by Powell. In the letter, Schwarzkopf noted that while the military mission ended 20 years ago, the legacy will last forever.

More than 500,000 Americans were deployed at the peak of the fighting. One-hundred forty-eight service members were killed and 467 were wounded.

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