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(September 8, 2010)

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CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Spc. Brian Tugmon, a medic with the Headquarters Company, 224th Sustainment Brigade, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), and a San Dimas, Calif., native, promoted his brother, Sgt. Jason Tugmon, also a medic with the 224th Sust. Bde., Aug. 26, at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq.
“It was nice promoting my brother,” said Brian. ”It makes it easier for people to distinguish the two of us. I wish I could've done it the ol' fashioned way with a spinning back-kick to the chest, but I'll settle with a punch.”

Jason said he was honored to get promoted to the rank of sergeant. “It would have been an honor to have anyone pin me, but it was especially meaningful to have my little brother here to do it.”

The brothers serve together at the 224th Sust. Bde. Troop Medical Clinic on COB Adder. Their daily routine consists of seeing patients for sick call, taking soldiers' vitals (blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation, etc.) and on occasion, administering intravenous fluids as well as giving anthrax and flu vaccinations. They periodically do rotations at the Combat
 Spc. Brian Tugmon, and Sgt. Jason Tugmon, medics with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 224th Sustainment Brigade, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), and San Dimas, Calif., natives, serve together at the 224th Sust. Bde. Troop Medical Clinic, Aug. 30, 2010 at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq.
Spc. Brian Tugmon, and Sgt. Jason Tugmon, medics with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 224th Sustainment Brigade, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), and San Dimas, Calif., natives, serve together at the 224th Sust. Bde. Troop Medical Clinic, Aug. 30, 2010 at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq.
Support Hospital on COB Adder, and will also assist as medics on convoys.
Despite working together in close quarters and living in the same housing unit, the brothers maintain a positive attitude and a healthy sibling relationship.

“Having my brother here is a blessing,” said Jason. “The only downside is that I worry about him when I'm out on convoys. It's weird, but when I'm here on post I feel like he's protected. For the most part it's great though, because I have someone I can confide in.”

Brian said he and his brother are predisposed to each other's expectations, which makes the tough times during deployment a little easier. “We respect one another enough not to get into fights. We have the ability to share and help each other through stressful times, which a lot of siblings don't have.”

Although these two share a passion for the medical field and soldier care, they also understand the value of education.

“One activity we do by ourselves is our school work,” said Jason. “We both go to the same online school which is Grantham University. Brian is working on his undergraduate work and I'm working on a Master of Health Care Administration.”

The brothers also find time to work out and participate in other worthwhile activities.

“My brother and I have different hobbies, but one thing we do consistently is go to the gym together,” said Brian. “In my free time, I go to the chapel and play bass guitar. I'm actually trying to put a cover band together for the COB. I also frequently go to the education center to receive help for my online classes.”

Brian said he wants to get back in school full-time when the 224th Sust. Bde. redeploys, and he wants to get a college job as a bartender. Jason said he will continue working on his master's degree at Grantham, take the prerequisites for the physician's assistant program, and hopefully get accepted into the PA program at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Article and photo by Army 1st Lt. Nathan Lavy
224th Sustainment Brigade
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