Airman 1st Class Robert Mott of the 90th Security Police Group stands guard near an E-3A Sentry aircraft during Operation Desert Shield, which led up to Desert Storm. Airman Mott is armed with an M-16A1 rifle equipped with an M-203 grenade launcher. The E-3 was the first aircraft deployed in the Desert Shield buildup. When combat activities began, nearly half of all E-3s were in the air as part of the round-the-clock coverage. (Air Force photo/Released)
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