Brothers Serve Together As Medics In Iraq
(September 8, 2010)
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
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.
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
“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
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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