CAMP AL QA’IM, Iraq -- A Marine is never alone because around them at all times are fellow Marines taking care of them, watching their back and making sure they get home. Every Marine is a brother or sister to another Marine.
In the case of Lance Cpl.’s Michael and Brian Huber of Euless, Texas, not only are they brothers through the Marine Corps, they are brothers in life.
“It’s nice to have family here,” said Brian. “It makes the deployment easier.”
Both Marines are reservists with the 14th Marine Regiment. Michael, 21, is a ballistic meteorological specialist and Brian, 24, is a heavy equipment operator. Currently, the brothers are attached to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment’s Motor Transport Section.
Coming to Iraq was something both Marines wanted to do, so they decided to do it together, according to Brian, who is a pre-law student at the Tarrant Community College.
As far as their family is concerned, Brian stated, “It’s hard on them, but they kind of figured we’d do it. It also makes it easier on them at the same time because they know we’ll take care of each other.”
Back home, Brian’s wife, Kathlee, recently gave birth to a baby girl.
“It was tough on her, me being gone for the whole pregnancy period,” he said.
According to Michael, however, both his girlfriend and Brian’s wife have become very close friends and help each other out.
Working with motor transportation, they both go out on convoys, but don’t ride in the same vehicle.
“The toughest part is the worrying,” said Brian.
“It can get tough when you know he’s out on a convoy then a (medical evacuation helicopter) goes out,” said Michael.
Back aboard Camp Al Qa’im, they run into quirky little identity problems.
“People don’t believe we’re brothers,” said Michael. “They say stuff like ‘you can’t have a brother with you in Iraq.’ Well, here we are.”
According to Brian, some people can’t tell them apart.
“The other Marines have taken to calling us ‘Big Huber’ and ‘Little Huber,’” he said.
They’re not entirely alike, however.
“I can’t sleep next to this guy,” said Brian. “He snores.”