MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Whether it was basketball, football or their all-time favorite, wrestling, the Hullenbaugh siblings could always be found horsing around and hanging out together.
Growing up, the children of a retired Navy master chief who served 20 years as a cryptologic technician always had the military in their blood.
Hullenbaugh siblings, Lisa, George, Nathaniel, and Samuel, who are currently serving together in the Marine Corps in the ground electronics maintenance field, stand with other members of their family as the American flag flies behind them on OIctober 21, 2013. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Grace Waladkewics)
The oldest of the four Hullenbaugh children, Cpl. Lisa Hullenbaugh, also known as Charlie, said her three younger brothers always looked up to her.
“They copied me a lot, but I always felt the need to protect them and make sure no one hurt them,” said Charlie.
Charlie's brothers, George, 21, Nathaniel, 20, and Samuel, 18, have all followed her lead with regard to their choice to serve as Marines as well.
Spread across three states and two separate countries performing jobs in the ground electronics maintenance field, the siblings' bond remains as strong as ever.
Charlie, the first to enlist, was dual enrolled in college and high school courses for literary arts during her high school career.
“My brother George and I were known as Goth kids growing up,” said Charlie. “No one, not even I, could have imagined this is where I would be now.”
Charlie is a telephone systems and personal computer repairer working as a switching technician with Telecommunications and Information Systems Directorate and station telephone at Cherry Point. She is responsible for installing and repairing telephones and providing around the clock technical support for callers.
Lance Cpl. George M. Hullenbaugh II is serving with 3rd Batallion 5th Marine 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton and Lance Cpl. Nathaniel J. Hullenbaugh is currently deployed to Spain with 2nd Recon Batallion. Both brothers are actively serving as ground radio intermediate repairers, while Pfc. Samuel R. Hullenbaugh is currently attending Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger.
Samuel is on track to become a ground electronics maintenance Marine upon graduation of his Military Occupational Specialty School.
“I am proud of my brothers for serving, but it is hard knowing that they could be in danger and I can't help them,” said Charlie. Charlie described her brothers as intelligent, hard working, fast learners.
“There is definitely a competition for rank among all of us,” said Charlie. “George is looking at the warrant officer route and Nathaniel wants to serve for 20 years. We are all competing for the highest rank before any of us get out.”
Samuel is the youngest and has been given all the keys to success, said Charlie. All three of the older siblings met the challenge, so Samuel should have nothing to worry about, she said.
Charlie described the day she told her father that she was joining the Marine Corps and his shocked reaction when he found out she would be serving in the same job field to which he devoted 20 years of his life.
“My father is very proud of all of us,” said Charlie. “I was a Navy brat all my life. I was stubborn and knew I wanted to join the Navy as a Corpsman, but after a few things in my life changed I finally told my father I was joining the Marine Corps in the signals intelligence field, and he just shook his head and laughed.”
Having a whole household of successful children in the same job field is something he can always be proud of, she said.
Although the Hullenbaughs are separated by geography, their bond remains strong.
“It is really difficult at times because we are all split up,” said Charlie. “We can't always talk on the phone due to training so we often settle for texts or sneaks of short phone calls.”
Charlie said she feels honored that she gets to serve alongside her brothers but just can't wait until they are all together again and knows that they are all safe.
By USMC Pfc. Grace Waladkewics
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