CAMP PHOENIX, Afghanistan (8/20/2012) – Brothers assigned to the 593rd Transportation Company, who recently arrived at Kabul, Afghanistan to begin their mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, are currently serving their country together here. The four sets of brothers are from Nevada.
Four sets of brothers with the U.S. Army 593rd Transportation Company deployed together at Kabul, Afghanistan on August 8, 2012. From left to right: Spc. Bobby Riley, Pvt. Jason Otto, Spc. James Riley, Cpl. Donald Otto, Pfc. Matthew Babas, Pfc. Christopher Babas, Sgt. Christopher Greener, Spc. Dustin Greener. Courtesy Photo
The brothers are: Pfc. Matthew and Pfc. Christopher Babas; Sgt. Christopher and Spc. Dustin Greener; Cpl. Donald and Pvt. Jason Otto; and Spc. Bobby and Spc. James Riley.
Matthew Babas, a gunner in 2nd platoon and native of Las Vegas, is the youngest of the group. He joined the Army to see the world. Christopher Babas, a gunner assigned to 1st platoon, was studying engineering before taking a break from college to deploy to Afghanistan. In the future he wants to attend flight school and possibly become a warrant officer in the National Guard.
The Babas brothers are very close. Back home, they are roommates. They said that although they do not spend as much time together here, due to their varying schedules, this experience will still bring them closer together. Christopher said it is comforting that Matthew is here with him but it's also scary because he would hate to find out that something bad happened to his brother while he was on a mission.
Dustin Greener, a gunner assigned to 2nd platoon, joined the Army to serve his country. Christopher is a team leader with first platoon. Back in Spring Creek, Nev., the Greener's are also roommates.
“I am astounded that my brother is here with me and has my back,” said Christopher.
Dustin said he sees less of his brother in country than he did back home and is sometimes jealous of his brother because he has been on more missions than him.
The Otto brothers are natives of Sparks, Nev. Donald Otto a team leader with 1st platoon. Back home he works full time for the Nevada National Guard assisting in human resources. Donald said he wants to finish this mission, finish school and start a family.
His brother, Jason Otto, or “baby Otto” as he is often called, joined the Army to gain life experience, for the college money and to get a head start on life. Jason is both a gunner and a driver with the company.
The Otto brothers believe that being in Afghanistan will bring them closer together.
“We will have shared something together that no one can take away from us,” Donald said.
They said their parents are worried that they are gone but glad that at they are together to look after one another.
The Riley's both live in Reno, Nev. Bobby said he joined the Army to serve his country and to be a better person. James is the oldest of the four sets of brothers. In the civilian world, James is a metals and minerals lab technician. Bobby joined the Army first and then convinced James to join. They see each other more now than they did back home. Although they only live minutes apart in Reno, they both have their separate families that depend on them.
Bobby said he is more nervous now about his brother going on missions. The Riley's recently found out that their cousin had been injured by an IED in northern Afghanistan. That incident has brought increased stress on them and their families, but they said they put those thoughts behind them when it is time to concentrate on the mission at hand.
This is the first deployment for all of the brothers. They all agree that although the deployment is difficult on their parents and families, their families take comfort in the fact that they are deployed together. They all want to make it home in one piece and make the most of their experience here in Afghanistan.
Courtesy of Army 10th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Office
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