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Face of Defense: Brothers Join Forces at Travis Air Force Base

By Air Force Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman 60th Air Mobility Wing

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Sept. 27, 2016 — Today, approximately one-percent of Americans served in the U.S. military.

And an even smaller percentage of people serving in the military serve with a family member, at the same time, at the same base.

This is a reality for the Ramirez Arenas brothers from Compton, California. The brothers, who are nearly six years apart, both serve here on active duty.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Angel Ramirez Arenas, 60th Logistical Readiness Squadron fleet management noncommissioned officer-in-charge, arrived here in June 2012 and his younger brother, Air Force Senior Airman Ramon Ramirez Arenas, 60th Surgical Operations Squadron surgical technician, arrived at here in October 2014.

A large smile covers Angel’s face as he reflects on what it means to be assigned to the same base with his brother.

‘We Got Lucky’

“We got lucky,” Angel said. “It’s pretty rare for us to be assigned to the same base and we’ve tried to take advantage of every opportunity.”

“We enjoy spending time together; whether we’re shooting hoops, playing racquetball or just hanging out,” Ramon, said.

Since being assigned to the same base, the brothers said they’ve traveled to Los Angeles several times to visit family members.

Angel was the best man at Ramon’s wedding to an Air Force medic in September 2014. He’s also the godfather of Ramon’s daughter, Mia Rose, and helped welcome her into the world on September 26, 2015.

“I couldn’t think of anyone better to be my daughter’s godfather,” Ramon said.

One of the best benefits of sharing the same assignment with Angel, Ramon said, is getting advice from the junior NCO.

“The support he gives me is incredible,” Ramon said. “He helped me with my in-processing when I first got here, which was great because I didn’t know where to go. Any trouble I’m going through he’s there for me and if I have military related questions, he’s an excellent resource.”

“When I joined the military I didn’t have a lot of guidance, so I told Ramon what to expect from basic training, technical school and at his first base,” Angel said. “I even let him borrow my car when I deployed.”

Pursuing Education Goals

Angel enlisted in May 2009 to pursue an education and a career in law enforcement. He was assigned to the logistical career field shortly after basic training and said he’s grown to love his job. During the seven years he’s spent in the Air Force, he’s earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and plans on pursuing a master’s degree in the same field.

Ramon enlisted in January 2014 hoping to pursue an education and a career in law enforcement.

“I saw what the Air Force was doing for my brother and I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” he said. “Along the way I fell in love with the medical field and I’m currently pursuing a commission through the physician’s assistant program.”

The brothers said they plan to make the most of every day they share the same assignment and had a message for the Air Force, in case the service was considering assigning the duo to the same base again.

“Los Angeles Air Force Base would be perfect,” they said with ear-to-ear smiles.

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