Brothers reunite in AOR

Capt. Jonathan Reed (right) got the chance to spend New Year’s Day with his
younger brother 1sat Lt. Ryan Reed while they were both deployed at different
locations in support of the Global War on Terror.

Capt. Jonathan Reed (right) got the chance to spend New Year’s Day with his younger brother 1sat Lt. Ryan Reed while they were both deployed at different locations in support of the Global War on Terror.

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- I'm a KC-135 pilot with the 911th Air Refueling Squadron at Grand Forks Air Force Base and I arrived in southwest Asia on Dec. 21, 2005. 

My brother, 1st Lt. Ryan Reed, is also a tanker pilot stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., was also deployed to the region. 

On the night of Jan. 1, I was flying over Iraq, offloading fuel to fighters when I heard my brother checking in with the air traffic controllers over the radios. 

Since we had crews coming over from his isolation to Iraq for two weeks at a time to help us out we were able to plan it so his crew came out from Dec. 26 to Jan. 10. 

We had the chance to be roommates and spent New Year’s together, which we haven't done in a long time due to deployments and schedules. 

This was his second deployment as a co-pilot and my seventh and first as an aircraft commander. 

Having some family there made the holidays and deployment 120 percent better. 

We also have a brother, 1st Lt. Joshua King, flying F-16s at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., and a sister, 2nd Lt. Alicia King, in Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, currently waiting to start navigator training. Basically, we’re a family of arms.