Face of Defense: Twins Serve Together in Afghanistan
By Army Sgt. Robert Yarbrough
4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan, May. 29, 2013 Army 1st Lts. Joseph and Joshua Mouré, twin brothers from Covington, Ga., are both deployed to Forward Operating Base Shank here with the 3rd Infantry Division’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
Army 1st Lts. Joshua, right, and Joseph Mouré pose for a photo May 24, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Shanks in Afghanistan’s Logar province. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Robert Yarbrough
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Joseph, about two minutes older than Joshua, is the fires support officer with the brigade’s Company C, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, and Joshua is the liaison officer for the brigade’s 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment.
“It was nice always having someone there to hang out with,” Joshua said, about growing up with a twin.
“We always were on the same football team, baseball team, things like that,” added Joseph.
“We grew up playing war and stuff like that, so we decided, I guess, we’ll make it a career,” Joshua said.
Their parents, Joseph and Tammy Mouré, both served in the Army’s Signal Corps, and the lieutenants said that was a factor in their decision to join.
The twins joined the Georgia National Guard in 2006, attended the Georgia Military College, and were commissioned in 2008. They finished their degrees at North Georgia College and State University, where they met their wives, Abby and Ashley, who were roommates at the time.
Joseph attended the field artillery basic officers leadership course at Fort Sill, Okla., and Joshua attended the infantry basic officers leadership course at Fort Benning, Ga. After their training, they were assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as the Vanguard Brigade.
“Since Josh was going to be infantry, I figured he needed somebody to protect him,” Joseph joked. “It’s good being the fires support officer so I can call in air assets, artillery, and mortar fire to help out the guys. It’s pretty interesting de-conflicting and controlling those assets while the infantry are maneuvering around.”
As a liaison officer, Joshua is responsible for keeping the communication and information networks flowing between his battalion and the brigade. “I see what goes on at the brigade side, and I can help to translate down to the battalion, and vice-versa, so there’s a clearer picture,” he explained.
The Mouré twins said being misidentified can be a challenge.
“People come up and start talking to you, and you have no idea what they’re talking about,” Joseph said.
“It gets old fast,” Joshua added.