Capt. Re-enlists Brother, Airmen During Ceremony
By 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division
/ Published October 05, 2008
Sept. 30, 2008 -- Every day, service members across Afghanistan and other locations are making the decision to continue serving in the Armed Forces. While most re-enlistment ceremonies are fairly common, one that happened at Bagram Airfield on Sept. 30 had an unusual twist.
Army Capt. Bryan Woody, assistant operations officer with the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, had the opportunity to re-enlist four Air Force non-commissioned officers on the east helicopter flight ramp. One of the NCOs re-enlisting in the ceremony was Woody's brother Justin, a staff sergeant, serving with the 157th Security Forces Squadron, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces.
"It was an honor," Capt. Woody, a native of Blue Anchor, N.J. said of being able to conduct the ceremony. "I have never re-enlisted anyone outside of the Army, so being able to re-enlist not only my brother, but other members of a sister service was pretty cool. I enjoyed it."
The two brothers were informed by their grandmother that they would both be serving in Afghanistan at the same time. Capt. Woody had already been in country for several months before Staff Sgt. Woody arrived with his unit in early September.
"He's been deployed to a foreign location three times, I thought it would be a great honor to have him come out and re-enlist us since we are both deployed here together," said Staff Sgt. Woody, of Pembroke, New Hampshire.
While their jobs manage to keep them busy, the brothers still manage to find time to spend together when they can.
"We're busy," said Maj. Woody, "but we definitely get together and have lunch on the weekends and go to the gym together."