MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Marines are stationed all around the globe and being away from family can take a toll on Marines.
For two brothers, being stationed at Fightertown has separated them from their family but kept them together.
The Marine Corps has become a second home for their Arizona family and has helped them and their sister complete their goals, achieve independence and give something back to their adopted country.
Leonardo and Crescencia Nunez brought their family from Mexico to the U.S. in April 1986. The family moved to Phoenix, Ariz., and has been living in the area ever since. The Nunez’s have five children – three of which are Marines.
“I joined the Marine Corps because I felt like I owed something to the country that accepted me as an immigrant,” said Sgt. Miguel NunezAldama, the noncommissioned officer-in-charge of Deployed Operations at the Air Station’s Installation Personnel Administration Center. “I also wanted to show my brothers and sister that they didn’t need to depend on our parents to take care of them.”
The Nunez siblings got the message, and approximately two years later one of Miguel’s younger brothers and his younger sister were standing on the yellow footprints.
“I really think I took some inspiration from my oldest brother,” said Cpl. Miriam Cuevas, a supply administration chief for Combat Logistics Company 16 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. “I just saw that he was doing good things and that his family was well taken care of. I saw a lot of positive changes in him after he joined the Corps, and I wanted something positive too.”
“I joined the Marine Corps to better myself for the future,” said Lance Cpl. Marcos Nunez, an avionics technician for Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31 here. “I saw my brother accomplish a lot in a short time and it got me motivated to do the same.”
The three siblings are all proud to be Marines despite long absences from their family.
“I don’t really get to see my two older brothers too often,” Cuevas said. “And when I do see them, it is usually just one and not the other. We haven’t all been together in quite some time.”
Unfortunately for the Nunez brothers, they are several states away from the rest of their family, but luckily they are both stationed at Fightertown together and have the opportunity to see each other on a regular basis.
“It feels good to have someone so close who’s familiar,” Nunez said. “We are far away from home and it’s nice to have my brother here. I know he will always be able to help me if I need it.”
Although the Nunez family cannot always be together, Leonardo and Crescencia are honored to have three children in the Marine Corps.
“My parents are happy that we are all serving the country and doing something positive for our lives,” Cuevas said. “I know they hate that we are not together all the time, but they understand. I know they are really proud of us.”
“I am very happy to have three children who are Marines,” Crescencia said. “I know they’re doing this for their own good and the good of their families. I am very proud of all my children: my Marines and their families.”