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Senior Airman Jon Borseth Jr. (right) looks on as his father, Master Sgt. Jon Borseth, takes his next shot during a game of pool July 16 in Southwest Asia. Both men take every opportunity to spend time together during their deployment to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing. When they redeploy, these opportunities will be few and far between as Sgt. Borseth will return to Aviano Air Base, Italy, and Airman Borseth to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Shilo Weir
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jon Borseth,
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jon Borseth Jr.
Father and Son Reunite in Southwest Asia
By Capt. Shilo Weir
386th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
SOUTHWEST ASIA, Aug. 6, 2007 — When Jon Borseth joined the Air Force in 1979 he had no idea he would be deployed with his son 27 years later.

Master Sgt. Jon Borseth and Airman 1st Class Jon Borseth Jr. reunited in Southwest Asia in May when both deployed to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing to support operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

“When I found out that Jon was deploying, I made sure my unit knew that I was interested in deploying and that I wanted to come here,” said the elder Borseth, a 386th Expedition Aircraft Maintenance Squadron C-130 Hercules production supervisor. “And, here I am.”

Neither man necessarily planned to deploy together but the results have definitely been positive.

“I actually volunteered to go to Afghanistan, but I am really happy to be here,” said the younger Borseth, who is with the 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron. “When I am at home at Edwards Air Force Base, I need a passport to go and visit (him in Japan).”

Airman Borseth has had little time to visit family since he enlisted and entered active duty almost two years ago.

“Initially when I enlisted, I wanted to be a firefighter, but I enjoy security forces. I really like the mission we are doing here,” said Airman Borseth.

Sgt. Borseth also is gaining a lot from his deployment experiences.

“I have had unique opportunities here,”he said. “ I am learning a lot more about the C-130 than I ever knew before.”

Many find deployments to be rewarding and unique experiences that they will remember for a lifetime, but few can say that their deployment was a great opportunity to reconnect with family.

The elder Borseth said Jon’s mother was nervous that they were deploying, but happy about the location they are in and that they are together.

“My dad has helped me out by giving me advice and support when he knew I needed it most,” Airman Borseth said.

The benefits are clear.

“I like my job and what I do here, but really, the best part about being deployed is being able to see my dad more often than usual,” he said.

“Simply being able to see Jon and visit with him a lot more is the best part about being deployed,” Sgt. Borseth said.

The NCO said this likely will be his last deployment, as he plans to retire shortly after returning to Yokota Air Base, Japan.

His son plans to stay on active duty at least eight years and finish his degree. 

“Jon has wanted to enlist since he was 14 years old. I miss him,” Borseth said, “but I am proud of his choice to join the Air Force.”

Last Updated:
08/06/2007, Eastern Daylight Time
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