Formup was compounded by several people being gone and the fact that I was still working for the Ship-Helo Branch the entire time. Nothing like doing two jobs at once! The guys were able to finish 6 weeks worth of work in just 4. We all got to go to the range and fire the "Bear Gun". Watch out, Polar Bears.
We left Mobile on a Friday, headed west through Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada into California, then north through Oregon into Washington.