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Father and Son Reunite while Deployed to Afghanistan

 

After two years of being apart, Benjamin TenBrink and his father Carl TenBrink were recently reunited in Afghanistan,  according to Stars and Stripes. 

Benjamin, 23, serves as an Air Force senior airman and provides logistical support at Bagram Air Field.  

His father Carl, 41, is a chief warrant officer in the Army. After being stationed in Weisbaden, Germany, for two years, he now works as the personal security agent for Major General Richard Kaiser, the commander of Combined Security Transition Command. 

“Before Benjamin and I met up in February, it had been two years since I had seen him because I was stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany, and he was at Hill Air Force Base in Utah,” Carl told Stars and Stripes. “So it was good to catch up — a little emotional, not only to see him after two years but to see him here in Afghanistan.” 

The TenBrinks have a history of serving with the U.S. military. Benjamin’s great-grandfather, Sgt. Burton TenBrink Sr., served as a tank mechanic during World War II and his grandfather, 1 st Lt. Burton TenBrink Jr., served in the Army’s 1 st Calvary Division. 

“Everyone thinks it’s cool,” Benjamin said. “I work for the command chief and he thinks it’s the coolest thing ever.” 

 

Rachel Kalinyak, Army Times, April 24, 2017

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