U.S. Air National Guard Sibling Legacy
by U.S. Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Victoria Nelson
April 12, 2023
A family legacy
is represented across the 157th Air Refueling Wing.
Five Pincince siblings, from a family of nine children, all serve at
Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire.
April 1, 2023 -
Five Pincince siblings are all current members of the 157th Air Refueling Wing at Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire. The Airmen have left their own unique legacy in each group on base and they continue to motivate and support one another as siblings, wingmen and fellow brothers and sisters in arms. (Image
created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Victoria Nelson.)
“I was inspired to join the New Hampshire Air
National Guard by the idea of being a part of something bigger than
myself,” said Airman 1st Class Rebecca Pincince, an aerospace
medical technician, with the 157th Medical Group. “And I saw all of
my older siblings who had enlisted before me and how much they loved
working at Pease.”
The oldest seven siblings have all served
in the 157th ARW in the past decade.
“We all now understand
the struggles of balancing not just a school-work life balance but
the school-military-work life balance,” said Senior Airman Josh
Pincince, a defender with the 157th Security Forces Squadron. “It’s
cool being able to help each other out not just as siblings but as
fellow brothers and sisters in arms.”
Rebecca, Rachel, Andrew
and Josh are currently utilizing their tuition waivers from the Air
National Guard to attend the University of New Hampshire. The three
oldest brothers also graduated with their bachelor’s from UNH.
“Everyone who has graduated from high school has served and
attended UNH," said Senior Airman Nathan Pincince, an aerospace
ground equipment technician with the 157th Maintenance Group. “I
initially didn’t want to do the same thing my brothers did so I went
to school to play soccer but my school went bankrupt."
older brothers' experiences, the education benefits and the life and
job experiences with the ANG made me reconsider," he explained.
"I'll be reenlisting after I get back from [Airman Leadership
School] not just for the education and healthcare benefits but the
environment and the people too. I feel at home here and everyone
feels like family."
On base, at school and at home each
sibling is distinctly different in their interests and
“The Guard has given us the chance to
maintain our own identities and fill our own niches on base,” said
Airman 1st Class Rachel Pincince, an air transportation specialist
with the 157th Logistics Readiness Squadron.
“We've all ended
up in different career fields and different squadrons, so even
though there's many of us, we get to have an individualized
experience and make our own connections,” she added. “I love the
simultaneous unity and individuality.”
The Airmen rarely work
together, but often run into one another at UNH and at Pease. They
all said their family is a huge support system, no matter the age
differences or busy schedules.
“I always have someone I can
talk to when I need it,” said Rebecca.
“We have shared
experiences even if they’re not the exact same,” added Senior Airman
Andrew Pincince, a services apprentice and Force Reconnaissance
Support Team member, with the 157th Mission Support Group. "Even
sharing a base with them is great. I think it’s really cool that I’m
able to share this culture with my family. The legacy we hold on
this base is something I really enjoy and am thankful to have.”
The ANG has given the siblings an opportunity to serve in a job
they love, attain educational goals and serve their community in
their own way, together.
“I know for almost all of us joining
the military isn’t what we expected to do growing up,” said Josh.
“But being in the military with my siblings is an experience I
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