"Fort Irwin National Training Center - Army Rock - 1" Photo: Jarek Tuszynski. Licensed under Creative Commons.
VETERANS DAY FIELD NOTE: Murals in the California’s Mojave Desert mark facilities that, for the obvious reasons of weather and terrain, are active training grounds for the armed forces . . . Rock: Past an initial turnoff, a long road leads up to the main entrance of Fort Irwin, where a pile of rocks are marked by visiting units . . . In Yermo, at the entrance of a long road into Fort Irwin, is a military themed mural created under nearby Barstow’s Main Street Mural program. They pose next to the local jewels, the Barstow Harvey House, Calico Ghost Town, and the railroads. . . In Twentynine Palms, home to a base that’s history includes training men and women for Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, the city’s mural program commissioned Chuck Caplinger for a piece that became a backdrop when troops came home from the Persian Gulf in 1991. Military band, color guard, and the presiding Commander of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center helped dedicate the mural on October 15, 1995 . . . The Mojave Desert in California supports over 2/3 of the Marine Corps' training, and the duty of these pieces are not to serve as a memorial, but to also think of those who trained, served, and came home.
Near the entrance of Fort Irwin in Yermo, Calif., created through Barstow's "Main Street Mural" program. Photo: Ed Fuentes
Chuck Caplinger “Desert Storm Homecoming & Victory Parade” (1995) Mural # 5. Twentynine Palms, Calif. I Photo: Action 29