Twin soldiers deploy to Iraq together for second time

77th Sustainment Brigade
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Date: 10.29.2011
Posted: 10.29.2011 08:58
News ID: 79252
Twin soldiers deploy to Iraq together for second time

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq — For 25-year-old Sgt. Jonas Saunders, a communications specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command and a native of Barbourville, Ky., serving alongside his brothers in arms has a completely different meaning.<br /> <br /> Saunders, who has served in the Kentucky Army National Guard since October 2005 as a truck driver, an infantryman and a communications specialist, has a twin brother deployed with him.<br /> <br /> Cpl. Jason Saunders, also a native of Barbourville, serves as an infantryman with Alpha Company 1-149th Inf. Regt. Jonas said he initially joined the Guard at the encouragement of his brother Jason, a vehicle commander for A Company who enlisted in 2004.<br /> <br /> As for deploying together, the twin brothers said they are both okay with the idea, especially since they know what to expect.<br /> <br /> “We did it once before when the 149th deployed in 2006,” Jonas said.<br /> <br /> Jason said it’s been tough, however, being in two different areas of the country and not knowing where his brother is or “if he’s okay all the time.”<br /> <br /> In the end, every little thing helps a soldier’s morale while serving in Iraq. For these two, that thing just so happens to be a little piece of home right down the road.