Part of a great article from the 1st Cav News.
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – The chance of running into your brother halfway around the world is slim. Taking over his job duties so he can redeploy home, increases those odds astronomically. The common denominator is these brothers are twins, and have shared many of the same interests all their life.
Both Sgt. Jeremy Tate, a tanker with Headquarters Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, and the younger twin-brother, by one minute, Cpl. Johnathan Tate, a tanker with Headquarters Platoon, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, have served together in Iraq once before; however, this deployment the younger Tate will relieve his older sibling, of his duties so he may return to Ft. Hood, Texas, for a well deserved rest.
Upon arriving here, Jeremy allotted his personal effects to his younger brother, including a refrigerator, an I-pod with many of their favorite songs and his personal collection of digital video discs. The two also agree on favorite pastimes. Both enjoy fishing, hunting and barbecuing when home with their families.
Serving their country together is another likeness these twins share.
After graduating from Gordon Central High School in the summer of 2000, Jeremy and Johnathan decided to join the United States Army, together. After they swore in and attended basic training together, they were both stationed at Ft. Hood in the 4th Infantry Division; same unit, same company. They then deployed with one another to Somarra, Iraq, for seven months.
“We didn’t get to room together but we leaned on each other and it really helped us through the deployment,” Johnathan said.
The two worked together in control rooms and patrolled streets numerous times next to each other.
This time around, Jeremy, with the outgoing 4th Infantry Division and Johnathan with the incoming 1st Cavalry Division, will spend only a short amount of time together before Sgt. Tate redeploys home.
Johnathan arrived two weeks ago and immediately sought out his older brother. Not only to spend quality time with him, but also because he is taking over his position in the control room where they keep constant radio contact with patrolling troops.
Jeremy is awaiting a departure date to return home and spend time with his family while Johnathan is beginning his second deployment. The pair are enjoying the time they have to spend together while here, and upon Johnathan return home for mid-tour leave they plan on celebrating their reunion with a Texas-sized barbecue. ”
(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. M. Benjamin Gable, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)