BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (7/10/2012) - It's hard enough for
siblings in the military to see each other during holidays and
family get-togethers, meeting up while deployed is nearly
impossible. Three brothers serving in the Marine Corps and Army in
Afghanistan got that chance the last week in June, their first
chance to spend time together in six years.
From left to right, Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason M.
Dexter, Gunnery Sgt. Eric M. Dexter, and Army Pfc. Richard M. Dexter
reunite at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, June 27, 2012. The
brothers had not seen one another in six years. Courtesy photo by
U.S. Marine Corps
Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason M. Dexter and younger
brothers Gunnery Sgt. Eric M. Dexter and Army Pfc. Richard
M. Dexter had the opportunity to reunite at Bagram Air Field
in Afghanistan. They had not seen one another since 2006, at
a family reunion in the mountains of northern Georgia.
Eric Dexter currently serves with Marine Tactical
Electronic Warfare Squadron 2, Richard Dexter is with
Company B, 1204th Aviation Support Battalion, both deployed
here to Bagram Air Field. Jason Dexter, a Network Management
technician with the 230th Signal Company, is passing through
on his way home after a nearly year-long deployment.
The three brothers come from a long line of civil
service - their father, Robert Dexter, is a retired police
officer, and mother Sylvia Dexter is a retired United States
Postal Service employee. Another brother, Edward Dexter, is
a Tennessee state trooper while younger sister Jennifer
currently attends college.
Each came to be in the
military in their own way. Jason Dexter explained his path
to the military, saying “I enlisted in the Marine Corps for
three years [after high school] and got out. Eight years
later, I decided to join the Tennessee Army National Guard.”
Eric Dexter knew he wanted to join the military
while he was still in high school, following his brother
into the Marines because “the Marine Corps was the most
Richard decided to enlist at the age
of 32 in 2010 because “I always wanted to join the military
and do my part. After 15 years as an electrician and
starting my own business, I decided to join the Army
The three brothers in uniform have a
combined 32 years of service in the military, to include
eight deployments in support of operations in Iraq,
Afghanistan and Libya.
The Dexter brothers all said
that the time they spent together in Bagram was invaluable.
They look forward to their return home, and plan on spending
time with their families – Jason Dexter is married with two
children, while Eric Dexter and Richard Dexter are each
married with five children.
Story courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps
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