Twin U.S. Army Majors Reflect On Serving Together
by U.S. Army Author
June 21, 2022
For the majority of their lives, you’d be
hard-pressed to find one without the other.
brothers U.S. Army Majs. Christopher and Michael Baisa did
everything together growing up, starting at birth in Heidelberg,
Germany, where their father was stationed in 1987.
Then-U.S. Army captains,
Christopher Baisa, left, and his brother, Michael Baisa,
pose together for a photo on May 24, 2022 The identical twin
brothers are currently majors in their 12th year of active
duty service as Medical Service Corps officers. (U.S. Army
photo courtesy Maj. Christopher Baisa)
Roommates for over 20 years, they attended
the same schools, took the same classes, played the same sports and
sometimes even wore the same clothes.
The latter they still
do today, serving as Medical Service Corps officers for the past 12
“I often times reminisce about my childhood and there
is not a single memory that doesn’t include my twin brother,”
Michael Baisa said. “You can ask anyone that knows us and they will
tell you we were always together, no matter where we were.”
When it came to their future careers, the Filipino-American brothers
-- who sometimes go by just their nicknames, “Ace” (Chris) and
“Joker” (Michael) -- knew from a young age that they wanted to
serve, just like their father, a retired 23-year noncommissioned
The names Ace and Joker were given by their father,
Amante Baisa, who was an avid poker player during his military
career. At the same time, their mother, Angeles Baisa, wanted to
name the boys after Christian saints, hence Christopher and Michael.
The Baisa family traces its roots back to the Philippines, where
the families of their parents both lived before they met after
relocating to Hawaii.
After serving in Germany, Amante
Baisa’s next assignment moved the family to Fort Rucker, Alabama,
the home of Army aviation. The family eventually settled in nearby
Daleville, Alabama, where the then-young twin brothers grew up.
With a population of about 5,000 people, Daleville is a small,
close-knit community comprised primarily of military families,
according to Christopher Baisa, who most recently has served at the
U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency in Fort Detrick, an installation
where both brothers have worked over the years.
“I had maybe
one or two friends who weren’t military brats,” he said. “Growing up
in a small town neighboring a military installation provided us with
opportunities to surround ourselves with people with similar
aspirations to serve.
“Military is all I ever knew, all that
my brother ever knew,” Christopher Baisa added. “We could not think
of anything else we could be doing that wasn’t related to the
military. We knew that we would join the military and follow in our
dad’s footsteps. We just didn’t know how we were going to do that.”
Following high school, the Baisas earned
four-year Army ROTC scholarships at the University of Alabama, where
they continued on the ROTC track with the goal of earning commission
as an Army officer.
“The first three years, my brother and I
were literally in all the same classes, the same day, to the hour,”
Christopher Baisa said. “Like, literally.”
As they entered
their third year, the brothers earned an opportunity to attend
Airborne school at Fort Benning, Georgia.
“We wanted to have
opportunities to lead Soldiers and serve in a much different
capacity,” Christopher Baisa said. “And we didn’t think you could do
that as a nurse, being solely focused on patient care.”
they switched majors from nursing and finished their degrees in
Health Sciences, graduating in 2010 and commissioning as second
lieutenants. The brothers served and lived together for a few more
years, attending the Basic Officers Leaders Course at Fort Sam
Houston, Texas, in the same platoon and reporting to Fort Hood,
Texas, to serve as brigade medical supply officers in the same
Despite being in neighboring brigades at Fort Hood,
both deployed to Iraq at the same time in support of Operation New
Dawn before returning to Fort Hood.
Then, about four years
into active duty service, the longtime roommates finally went off on
their own as they were sent to new assignments. Christopher went to
West Point, N.Y., to serve as chief of operations and readiness at
the U.S. Army Military Academy, while Michael went to Korea.
Michael said he knew it was time to go their own ways when Chris got
married. The adjustment was difficult, but it was a chance for both
to grow individually.
At the same time, some things have
“Whether or not we realized it back then, we
were the best support system anyone could ever ask for,” Michael
Baisa said. “We still act the same way when we are together; it’s
like a switch. To this day, we always cheer each other on and
motivate one another on a daily basis.”
Later on, they
reconnected as students in the former Medical Logistics Management
Internship Program, or MLMIP, at Fort Detrick. And part of
Christopher Baisa’s current role at Fort Detrick was the oversight
of the current program, which was recently rebranded the Strategic
Medical Logistics Fellows Program.
So far, yet so close
Today, Christopher Baisa is finishing up his time working for
USAMMA, a direct reporting unit to Army Medical Logistics Command,
where he has served as an intern, operations officer and currently
in USAMMA’s Force Projection Directorate as chief of centralized
He will next head “home” with his
family -- his wife and two sons -- to serve in his next assignment
at the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory at Fort Rucker, a
short distance from his parents.
Michael Baisa, on the other
hand, is thousands of miles away, serving in Kenya as chief of
logistics for the U.S. Army Medical Research Directorate-Africa.
The value of family, both said, is something that was instilled
in them early on in their lives. They have their parents to thank,
especially their father.
“Although we were very competitive
growing up, we both always shared very similar goals in life,”
Christopher Baisa said. “I love connecting with my brother because
he inculcates the importance of family and the value of our
friendships we have developed throughout our experiences thus far.”
Always competitive in nature, the Baisas said they argued
and butted heads a good bit in their younger years, but have learned
-- mostly since they split up as adults -- just how important it is
to support and encourage one another every day, both personally and
It’s something they find themselves doing
more and more as the years go by.
“The older we became, the
more we realized how important it was to take care of each other and
what our family was trying to teach us all this time,” Michael Baisa
said, “… (and) no matter how far we go, we always find our way back
to each other.”
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