Deployment is family affair for 3 siblings

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  • By Steve Pivnick
  • 81st Medical Group Public Affairs
Capt. Claudia Menjivar, an intensive care unit nurse with the 81st Inpatient Operations Squadron, deployed to South-west Asia recently. While this isn't unusual, her personal circumstances are. 

The global war on terror has called upon several members of the same family to serve their country in hostile environments, sometimes simultaneously. Captain Menjivar and her two brothers now find themselves in this situation.
The captain will be an ICU nurse at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, on her four-month stint, while her brothers are deployed in the area of responsibility at the same time. 

Her younger brother, Dennis, is also an Air Force captain and a C-17 Globe-master III pilot. 

Her older brother, Tony, is an Army major who flies Apache helicopters. 

"Dennis has been there for about three months," Captain Menjivar said, "and Tony will go in December." 

This is the first deployment for both Air Force captains, but Tony will be on his third, she noted. 

The three siblings come from a military family.
"I'm an Army brat," said Captain Menjivar, whose father is a retired first sergeant.