Anchor of Resolve: A History of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Fifth Fleet

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United States Department of Defense, Dec 10, 2007 - History - 126 pages
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This illustrated history covers the history of the U.S. Navy in the Middle East. America’s interests in the Middle East, southwest Asia, and eastern Africa date almost to the founding of the nation. Since World War II, the Navy has been the first line of defense for these interests. From the establishment of the Middle East Force (MEF) in 1949 through the beginning of the 21st century, the U.S. Navy served as a force for stability and peace in the region. The Navy’s presence helped prevent regional crises from escalating into wars, enforce international sanctions, and minimize damage done by regional conflicts to American and allied interests. The work concentrates on the Navy’s command relationships, roles and missions, and operations in the period leading up to the First Gulf War, the war itself, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

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Creation of Central Command and NAVCENT
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About the author (2007)

Robert J. Schneller Jr. holds a PhD in military history from DukeUniversity. He is an official historian at the U.S. Navy’s Naval Historical Center.


His award-winning publications include Breaking the Color Barrier: The U.S. Naval Academy’s First Black Midshipmen and the Struggle for Racial Equality, Shield and Sword: The United States Navy and the Persian Gulf War, and Quest for Glory: A Biography of Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren.


He is working on three books, the Navy in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), Integration at the NavalAcademy after 1949, and Hispanics in U.S. naval history.


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