What is the Kuwait 50/20 Celebration?
National Day in Kuwait is 25 Feb. Throughout the month of February, the people of Kuwait are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their independence from Great Britain and the 20th anniversary since the liberation from Saddam Hussein’s invading Army by U.S.-led Coalition Forces. The occasion, which Kuwait has designated its “Golden Jubilee” anniversary, is an opportunity to reflect upon and honor all that the people of Kuwait have achieved as a nation over the past decades. It is also a chance to recognize the important strategic alliance between Kuwait and the U.S.
What is the U.S. Army Doing?
At the request of the Government of Kuwait, the U.S. was asked to participate in the celebration. U.S. Central Command designated Third Army/U.S. Army Central the lead with support from the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy service components. Third Army, in coordination with USCENTCOM and the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait, will support with military vehicles, aircraft and an honor guard. A contingent from the Old Guard will march in the parade, carrying the colors of the units who executed Operation Desert Storm. These units include USCENTCOM, Third Army, 7th Corps, 18th Airborne Corps, 1st Infantry Division, 1st Armored Division, 1st Cavalry, 3rd Armored Division, 24th Infantry Division, 82nd Airborne Division and the 101st Airborne Division.
Why is this Significant?
The participation of U.S. Forces in Kuwait’s 50/20 celebration will highlight U.S. equipment and capabilities to Kuwait and the world community and will serve as a reminder of the considerable force the U.S. has at its disposal to promote peace and stability throughout the Middle East region and the world. It will also remind the international community of the historic significance of Operation Desert Storm and will further enhance the enduring relationship between the U.S. and Kuwait.
For 20 years, Kuwait has been a reliable ally to the U.S., providing indispensable support to our operations in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. Kuwait’s support was critical to U.S. efforts in recent years to bring security and stability to Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime. It is important to take the opportunity presented by Kuwait’s 50/20 Celebration to honor the partnership between the U.S. and this significant strategic ally. Our participation in this event highlights the long term commitment to the Government of Kuwait and its people.
Where Can I Go for Additional Information?
Third Army/U.S. Army Central Website
Third Army/U.S. Army Central Facebook Page
The Golden Jubilee of the Independence of the State of Kuwait