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You have operational names like Desert Storm or Iraqi Freedom that convey a message. Others, like Operation African Lion, are symbolic of the location. Odyssey Dawn is neither of those.

Eric Elliott, spokesman for U.S. Africa Command, or Africom, explaining how they came up with the name “Operation Odyssey Dawn” for the U.S. action in Libya.

(“Odyssey” was selected because Africom had to use a word that started with OA-OS, he explained, and “Dawn” was selected after they “sat around and brainstormed for a random word that went well with it.”)

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