Steel Rain

Oklahoma National Guard Firing in Desert Storm 

by U.S. Army Combat Artist Frank M. Thomas (LTC)

Original 30" x 40" Acrylic/Canvas Painting
Found in Collection of the United States National Guard Bureau, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

 Background:
    Six Army National Guard field artillery battalions supported the Allied ground offensive into Iraq. One of these, the 1st Battalion, 158 Field Artillery, Oklahoma Army National Guard, was armed with our newest field artillery weapon, the Multiple-Launch Rocket System (MLRS). It fires with pinpoint accuracy out to distances beyond fifty miles.

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These southwestern Oklahoma citizen-soldiers supported the attack by firing salvos of MLRS rockets into Iraq, and continued to support the massive ground offensive with responsive, accurate and devastating fire throughout the Desert Storm campaign. Their rockets were so deadly, seemingly coming down out of nowhere, each scattering over 900 exploding bomblets, that the Iraqi soldiers called them "Steel Rain." The 1/158th FA, Oklahoma Army National Guard is currently stationed at Fort Sill, Okla. 
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