VII Corps Veterans and Families,
On behalf of our VII Corps Desert Storm Association Board and the President of our Association, COL (RET) Mark Rado, my wife Denise and I want to wish all our VII Corps Desert Storm Veterans and your Families all the very best this Veterans Day 2018. From 8 November 1990 when we received our no notice order to deploy to Saudi Arabia, to our rapid 250 kilometers 89-hour mounted armored combined arms attack as part of the Coalition 24-28 February 1991, that liberated Kuwait, we were a great team. We fought and won together the largest tank battle in the history of the US Army in southeastern Iraq-northwestern Kuwait. Your courageous and selfless service to our Nation accomplished all that in VII Corps with the greatest skill gained from our training, and your courage, discipline, teamwork, and yes, sacrifice. Our grateful appreciation as well to our Families who served with their own brand of courage, those in the USA, UK, and those staying in already forward deployed locations in Germany. You all made a difference when it counted. We also honor and remember, as we do at our annual Reunion Memorial Service by individual name each year, the sacrifice of those of VII Corps who in Lincoln’s words, ‘gave that last full measure of devotion’ and their Families who continue to endure the pain of their loss. I value our wartime service together with all of you and remain honored to have been your commander as Denise values the invaluable Family contributions at home. We both continue to treasure the friendships over these 28 years.
Across America, we honor on this Veterans Day, this year the 100 anniversary of the Armistice on November 11, 1918 that ended WWI, this special day in America, now in this special commemorative month, all those who selflessly served our Nation and what we stand for. We also honor those who serve today, those around the world, many in combat daily, who stand between the evil out there and all the rest of us, just as all of you did with your own service in VII Corps during Desert Storm and beyond, many in this current war, and we honor their Families.
We will have our 28th Annual Reunion again this year at Ft. Hood, Texas, 22-24 February 2019, continuing our efforts to connect with our Veterans around our Nation. Details are coming soon. We hope to see you at our 28th Reunion.
Fred M. Franks
General, US Army (retired)
Chairman VII Corps DSVA Board of Directors