For many families, serving in the military is a proud tradition and one they honor in a variety of ways. But when family members can serve together, it takes the tradition to a whole new level.
For the Scott family of Brick, New Jersey, their history of service goes back to WWII, when Robert Scott’s grandfather was drafted into the 114th Infantry Regiment. The military lineage continued in 1985 when Robert enlisted as a military police officer in the Army, and he served for six years in posts that ranged from Panama to Missouri.
Robert’s son, John, enlisted in 2006 before he graduated from high school when he became a member of Centurion Company, 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment, New Jersey Army National Guard. By this time, his dad was out of the military.
One day, John asked his father if he ever missed serving.
“When I joined, I can only remember me looking at him and saying, ‘don’t you miss it?’” John said. It turns out that he did, so Robert joined the National Guard as a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) specialist.
Today, they serve together at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, another step in the Scott family’s dedication to the military. Robert, who is the Base Defense Operations Center noncommissioned officer in charge of Area Support Group-Qatar, recommends the experience to anyone.
“If anybody has an opportunity to do it, do it. If you could, give it a shot because it’s nice to have somebody around,” he said.
Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert Scott, left, and his son, Staff Sgt. John Scott, are both currently deployed to Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, where they serve with the New Jersey Army National Guard’s Centurion Company, 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment. Robert is the Base Defense Operations Cell noncommissioned officer in charge and John is a platoon sergeant and operations noncommissioned officer. This is the second time the Scotts have been deployed at the same time, but only the first when they’ve been deployed together.
Twin brothers, Joseph and Matthew Maurino (pictured in the cover photo) of Manalapan, New Jersey, agree with Robert Scott. The brothers are deployed together with the New Jersey Army National Guard’s, 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment in Qatar.
The opportunity to serve together only strengthens their bond as twins.
“You miss out on a lot, as a twin especially when they’re so far away and you don’t have time to talk,” Joseph said. “Now that he’s here, I don’t really lose that. I’m not nearly as homesick as I would be. I haven’t felt homesick at all yet,” Joseph said.
There are thousands of families like the Scott’s and Maurino’s with a tradition of service to our country. We salute them all!
Cover Photo: Identical twin brothers Pvt. Matthew Maurino and Spc. Joseph Maurino are deployed to Qatar together and they say that makes it easier to be away from home. Courtesy of Army Times.