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Bragg-based twins serve together in Afghanistan

Posted November 2, 2011

— The military is sometimes called a brotherhood, as the bond between soldiers serving side by side becomes familial and an Army base thousands of miles overseas a home away from home.

For Fort Bragg-based pilots Mike and Matt McEvers, the brotherhood is both literal and unusual. They're identical twins, and in a rare move by the Army, they're both serving in Afghanistan with the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade.

For the twins, military service is a family tradition.

"Being in the military, it's something we always wanted to do," Matt McEvers said. "Our father was in the military."

The U.S. Army typically separates siblings into different brigades but kept the unshakable bond between the McEvers brothers intact. It's an experience for which they're grateful.

"Most brothers don't get to fly with their brother, let alone twin," Mike McEvers said. "It's been a very great experience, being around my brother and being able to serve with my brother in Afghanistan."

Twins in Afghanistan Identical twins deploy to Afghanistan with 82nd CAB

For the McEvers' parents, having two sons in a combat zone has been more than a little nerve-wracking. Still, they said they're proud of the twins and can't wait for them to return together in a year.

Mike and Matt McEvers are in the same brigade, but they were assigned to different units in Afghanistan.

The separation is tough, but their duty assignments rely heavily on aviation, so they have little time to dwell on it.

"I think it's harder knowing that he's up at another duty station and I'm down here," Matt McEvers said. "But I know he's well trained, I'm well trained and that's something we put on the back burner as we complete our mission."

During down time, though, Mike McEvers doesn't miss a chance to impersonate his brother and trick his fellow soldiers.

"He's the maintenance guy. I'll walk around the hangar with my shirt off, and (someone will) ask me inspect a piece of equipment to make sure it's good to go to fly," he said. "I'll sit there, and they'll finally catch on when I don't know what I'm talking about, and I tell them, 'Hey, I'm Mike McEvers, not Matt.'"


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  • Bob3425 Nov 4, 2011

    remember the Sullivans bothers? Bad idea.

  • wildcat Nov 3, 2011

    At least they are able to serve together, many family members that are in service don't get to do that. They would miles and miles apart.

  • Tarheel born Nov 3, 2011

    Very good story. Tradition is a great thing. Prayers for their safe return to their loved ones.....

    God Bless the USA!

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Nov 3, 2011

    Lord, plese have mercy upon them and bring them both back home alive and unharmed from that horrible war.

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Nov 3, 2011

    I pray that they both make it back home, safe, together! As well as all of their fellow soldiers.

  • amberfkirk Nov 3, 2011

    great story!!

  • frankbad15 Nov 3, 2011

    I dont think its a good ideal to let these two twins serve in Afghanistan together.