CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan -- Pfcs. Clint and Brian Sorg, brothers from the small town of Pocahontas, Ark., used to spend their days riding four-wheelers and relaxing in the river near their home, but now they spend their days driving tactical vehicles in Afghanistan where they are deployed together in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In 2008, bored with their civilian lives in a town of fewer than 7,000 people, the brothers made a choice to answer the call to serve their country as active duty Marines, a choice that would strengthen their bond as brothers and change their way of life. They had no idea what the Corps had in store for them or when they would be separated, but they knew it was the right choice.
"At first we were going to the Air Force, but when the Air Force recruiter was late, we decided to ask the Marine recruiter if he knew when he’d be back," said Brian, 20, who’s a little more than one year younger than Clint. "Needless to say, we ended up in the Corps and have no regrets."
More than two years later, the brothers have since graduated from recruit training, Marine Combat Training, military occupation specialty school, and both received orders to Okinawa, Japan, at Combat Logistics Battalion 4 where they served as motor transport operators.
After serving only a few months on Okinawa with the battalion, they both received another call – the call to serve beside their Marine Corps brothers in Afghanistan.
They were assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 3, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), and went through pre-deployment training together in Hawaii and Twentynine Palms, Calif. In late September, they arrived with their battalion at Camp Dwyer in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.
The Sorg brothers went from driving all-terrain vehicles in the backwoods of Arkansas to driving the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicles, used in Helmand province.
Clint works with Motor Transport Company B where he serves as a motor transport operator and company clerk, ensuring all ammunition, weapons and Marines are accounted for.
Brian serves with Security Platoon, Headquarters and Service Company, where he remains on standby 24/7 for vehicle recovery and security missions. He also serves as the line of communication between the brothers and their family.
"I feel bad for my mother; it’s kind of up and down for her because it’s double the risk, but she knows we’ve got each other’s backs," said Clint. "[Brian] keeps mom and the family informed of what’s going on with both of us."
Having separate missions keeps the brothers apart, but they make time to meet, usually at the smoke pit, to catch up and see how each other is doing. On rare occasions, they get to spend a little more time together and go to the gym or watch a movie.
"I wish I did get to spend a little more time with him, but time passes when you stay busy," said Brian.
The Sorg brothers don’t know where their travels will take them next or if they’ll be separated, but one thing is for certain: the bond they share as brothers has only strengthened during this deployment. They also realize that they joined a new brotherhood more than 200,000 strong.