The next several days were a whirlwind, being the largest reserve tanker base in the world meant we were going to have a role to play in the coming conflict. Our members are some of the most patriotic folks you will find anywhere and they answered the call to serve in a huge way. We managed to break some records getting out of town to support the war effort that was just starting, minus a few of us, as my wife went into labor and one of my co-workers wives did the same. Both our wives delivered boys on the same day. I missed the first rotation but ended up serving three rotations that following year at overseas locations. It is a time I will never forget.