By Army Staff Sgt. Jason Epperson
KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Jan. 9, 2012 - Having three deployed members in one family would seem unlikely; however, for the Hale family, it's a reality. With a little help, they were able to reconnect after a four-year separation at Forward Operating Base Salerno Jan. 6.
Though they are step-siblings, Salyers, a native of Oxford, Ind., doesn't make that distinction.
"Technically they're my step-brothers, but I've never considered them [that]," said Salyers, who works with the Women's Outreach Program at Forward Operating Base Salerno. "We've been together since I was in fourth grade, so they are my brothers."
The last time the siblings were united was four years ago, Salyers said.
"Our parents flew us in to Arkansas," she said. "That was our Christmas present. We actually got to come together for a family Christmas and get some pictures, so it was a really good time."
Nicholaus, serving at Combat Outpost Mizan, said his father was instrumental in getting the three of them together by way of an email to Allyn.
Adam serves at Combat Outpost Zerok. As the last of the siblings to join the Army, he talked to his brother about going to see him during this deployment. However, no plans were ever actually made.
"It was a pretty new development." Adam said. "I feel pretty excited. I haven't seen my brother or sister for a few years so it's pretty cool to see them over here."
After the three reunited, they spent the evening reminiscing about old times and shared a few laughs.
"Just to be able to be with family here in Afghanistan is kind of surreal," Sayers said. "To me, family is everything, so it makes it all worth it with us being here and what we're doing."
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