The period between August 2, 1990 and October 3, 1990, changed my life and set me on the path of selfless service. I was a young, newly promoted sergeant awaiting my turn to support the nation and people of the United States of America in their effort to protect and defend the nations of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait against the advancement of the Iraqi army. For my friends and I, the time was both electrifying and frightening as we prepared to leave our families and test our mettle. Despite our apprehension, we prepared our unit, our families, and ourselves for the unknown and proved to ourselves that teamwork, exceptional leadership, and sincere concern for one another were the secrets to organizational success. In the process, we developed a bond that would see us through the deployment, our careers, and our lives. We became a family.