Service, it's in the family

A photograph of U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Edward Lomelin, 606th Air Control Squadron radio frequencies transmission systems technician and native of Austin, Texas, feeding his younger brother U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chris Lomelin, 606th ACS power production technician and native of Austin, Texas, rests on their uniforms at their home in Bitburg, Germany, Sept. 26, 2014. Edward and Chris recently prepared themselves to deploy to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Both brothers are stationed together at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, and operate out of the same squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

A photograph of U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Edward Lomelin, 606th Air Control Squadron radio frequencies transmission systems technician and native of Austin, Texas, feeding his younger brother U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chris Lomelin, 606th ACS power production technician and native of Austin, Texas, rests on their uniforms at their home in Bitburg, Germany, Sept. 26, 2014. Edward and Chris recently prepared themselves to deploy to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Both brothers are stationed together at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, and operate out of the same squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Edward Lomelin, 606th Air Control Squadron radio frequencies transmission systems technician and native of Austin, Texas, and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chris Lomelin, 606th ACS power production technician and native of Austin, Texas, attend a wine festival in Bernkastel-kues, Germany, Sept. 6, 2014. Edward, Chris’ older brother, helped influence Chris to join the military. After his technical training, Chris was sent to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, where he was placed in the same squadron as his brother. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Edward Lomelin, 606th Air Control Squadron radio frequencies transmission systems technician and native of Austin, Texas, and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chris Lomelin, 606th ACS power production technician and native of Austin, Texas, attend a wine festival in Bernkastel-kues, Germany, Sept. 6, 2014. Edward, Chris’ older brother, helped influence Chris to join the military. After his technical training, Chris was sent to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, where he was placed in the same squadron as his brother. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Edward Lomelin, 606th Air Control Squadron radio frequencies transmission systems technician and native of Austin, Texas, and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chris Lomelin, 606th ACS power production technician and native of Austin, Texas, play video games together at their home in Bitburg, Germany, Sept. 27, 2014. The 606 ACS is a self-contained mobile combat unit with Airmen covering more than 21 specialties maintaining over $170 million worth of equipment. The squadron routinely trains to prepare for deployments. The Lomelins deployed together to support Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Edward Lomelin, 606th Air Control Squadron radio frequencies transmission systems technician and native of Austin, Texas, and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chris Lomelin, 606th ACS power production technician and native of Austin, Texas, play video games together at their home in Bitburg, Germany, Sept. 27, 2014. The 606 ACS is a self-contained mobile combat unit with Airmen covering more than 21 specialties maintaining over $170 million worth of equipment. The squadron routinely trains to prepare for deployments. The Lomelins deployed together to support Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Edward Lomelin, 606th Air Control Squadron radio frequencies transmission systems technician and native of Austin, Texas, and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chris Lomelin, 606th ACS power production technician and native of Austin, Texas, eat dinner together at their home in Bitburg, Germany, Oct. 1, 2014. Edward, Chris’ older brother, helped to prepare Chris for his first deployment to Southwest Asia. This will be Edward’s fourth deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Edward Lomelin, 606th Air Control Squadron radio frequencies transmission systems technician and native of Austin, Texas, and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chris Lomelin, 606th ACS power production technician and native of Austin, Texas, eat dinner together at their home in Bitburg, Germany, Oct. 1, 2014. Edward, Chris’ older brother, helped to prepare Chris for his first deployment to Southwest Asia. This will be Edward’s fourth deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Edward Lomelin, 606th Air Control Squadron radio frequencies transmission systems technician and native of Austin, Texas, and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chris Lomelin, 606th ACS power production technician and native of Austin, Texas, say their goodbyes at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 7, 2014. Edward and Chris are siblings that deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This was Edward’s fourth deployment and Chris’ first. Edward helped to prepare his brother for this operation by sharing stories of his past experiences. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Edward Lomelin, 606th Air Control Squadron radio frequencies transmission systems technician and native of Austin, Texas, and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chris Lomelin, 606th ACS power production technician and native of Austin, Texas, say their goodbyes at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 7, 2014. Edward and Chris are siblings that deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This was Edward’s fourth deployment and Chris’ first. Edward helped to prepare his brother for this operation by sharing stories of his past experiences. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Edward Lomelin, 606th Air Control Squadron radio frequencies transmission systems technician and native of Austin, Texas, and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chris Lomelin, 606th ACS power production technician and native of Austin, Texas, prepare to board their bus at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 7, 2014. Edward and Chris departed Spangdahlem for a deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The 606th supported Operation Enduring Freedom by providing air defense of the Arabian Gulf during a 6-month deployment which started in July. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Edward Lomelin, 606th Air Control Squadron radio frequencies transmission systems technician and native of Austin, Texas, and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chris Lomelin, 606th ACS power production technician and native of Austin, Texas, prepare to board their bus at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 7, 2014. Edward and Chris departed Spangdahlem for a deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The 606th supported Operation Enduring Freedom by providing air defense of the Arabian Gulf during a 6-month deployment which started in July. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Playing in the sandbox with his brother was never a difficult task. A fist full of sand down the shirt and a trail across the kitchen floor leaves mom playing referee, but boys will be boys. Even through the hard times, the Lomelins -- Edward, 29, and Chris, 22 -- stuck together and their bond grew strong.

The brothers, natives of Austin, Texas, struggled early in their childhood years as their parents divorced. Moving in with their mother, Edward stepped in as the older brother to be the role-model for his younger siblings. This new responsibility forced him to grow up quickly to help his family through their struggles.

Years later, Edward found himself signing a contract and shipping off for U.S. Air Force Basic Military Training. His mother said she was honored he made the decision to serve his country and he would excel in his career.

Though he had been a role-model for so many years, he never expected what might happen next. 

Chris began to consider following in his brother's footsteps after hearing multiple stories of deployments and descriptions of military life. Soon after, U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Edward Lomelin, 606th Air Control Squadron radio frequencies transmissions systems technician, provided trusted counsel, coaching Chris to "Aim High" and join the military.

The world is vast and U.S. bases are located in various places. Getting stationed at the same base as Edward may have seemed less likely to Chris when he was in training, but he never gave up hope.

"I heard stories about my brother being in Germany, and I have been there once before," Chris said. "I was taking a big chance by having Spangdahlem as my only preference for a station."

The military takes preferences for a duty station in consideration, but it's not always guaranteed that service members will get the base they chose.

However, breaking the news to his family was exciting for U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chris Lomelin, 606th ACS power production technician. It's not often that he will get to tell his family that he is going to be joining his brother at the same base. Not only stationed with Edward, he is also in the same squadron.

"This is great!" said Maritza Lozano, Chris and Edward's mom. "Big brother will get to take care of little brother, little brother gets to look up to big brother and we get to visit both of them."

The 606 ACS is a self-contained mobile combat unit with Airmen covering more than 21 specialties maintaining more than $170 million worth of equipment.

Edward and Chris are preparing for a deployment to Southwest Asia in support of operation Enduring Freedom. This will be Edward's fourth deployment and Chris' first.

"Not only are we stationed at the same base... we are deploying together," Edward said. "This is slim to none that this ever happens to anybody and it's completely boggling my mind how this all came together."