DVIDS – News – Burger Brothers serves aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) during Pacific Partnership 2022

Master-at-Arms 2nd Class (MA2) Anthony Burger and Personnel Specialist Seaman (PSSN) Robert Burger are brothers who are deployed aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) at the Pacific Partnership Support 2022 (PP22).

The Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster preparedness mission in the Indo-Pacific region.

Although the brothers have distinctly different missions during PP22, with Anthony serving in the security forces aboard Mercy and Robert dealing with Navy pay and allowance issues, together they know that the chance to meeting together in a deployment may not happen again. They plan to make the most of the mission.

“A deployment with a sibling is super memorable,” PSSN Burger said. “It’s something that will only happen once, and the chances of it happening again are even lower than if it happened the first time. It’s great to wake up every day and see someone ‘one you know so well.

The Burgers said the stories of their Navy veteran grandparents and military friends had a major impact on their decision to join the Navy.

“It’s a brotherhood you’re looking for,” PSSN Burger said. “You could see the pride they had in their service. It was something that really spoke to me when I was younger to be able to see a group of people who genuinely cared about each other. It was great to see the mentality of we are a team, we are a family.

MA2 Burger, who joined the PSSN six years prior, was another inspiration for his little brother to join the Navy and have similar memorable experiences.

“The fact that he joined the Navy saved me a lot of thinking,” PSSN Burger said of his brother. “I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.”

While deployed together, the brothers take this opportunity to create everlasting memories to share with their family.

“Whenever we end up somewhere together in the harbor, we always get a picture for our parents,” MA2 Burger said. “We’ll remember those moments, but we get the pictures because they’re not there and we’ll want to remember how we deployed together.”

Both said they wanted to make their parents proud and would not be here today without all the support and encouragement they have given them.

“I just wanted to say thank you,” PSSN Burger said. “Thank you for supporting and supporting us, pushing us, motivating us and making sure we’re okay. I appreciate you.”

“Thank you for always caring for us, molding us, and pushing us to do the things we didn’t want to do, but had to do,” MA2 Burger said.

The brothers said their father’s support and dedication during this once-in-a-lifetime experience is unwavering even to this day.

“Whenever we give him an update, he’s always the first to like the photo on Facebook,” PSSN Burger said. “Every time I call him, we put him on speakerphone, and he’s screaming in the background so excited. I’m sure he’s super proud that we joined the Navy together and serve one another. side of others. It must be a special and proud moment for him to see us both on the same mission and working towards a common goal.

As the brothers are grateful for their families and experiences, they are also grateful to have each other to act as a support system as they pursue the PP22 mission.

The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) is currently underway for Pacific Partnership 2022.

Date taken: 27.08.2022
Date posted: 27.08.2022 05:48
Story ID: 428197

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