Siblings stay close in Iraq

U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Garrett Ralston - Sgt. Christina Gutierrez and brother Sgt. David Gutierrez pose in front of a painted barrier wall at Contingency Operating Station Kalsu, Iraq, on Nov. 17. -

By Staff Sgt. Garrett Ralston

Special to the Hood Herald

BABIL PROVINCE -Two soldiers sit inside a small office full of computer network routers on Contingency Operating Site Kalsu and talk quietly under the noisy equipment.

They are fixing the computers and joking with each other as they look over the screens.

Sgt. Christina Gutierrez, 26, and her brother, Sgt. David Gutierrez, 24, both signal systems support specialists, are currently serving tours together in Iraq. Christina is serving her third tour while David serves his second, two of which they have served at the same time, separated by their units. They recently had the opportunity to share a few days together on COS Kalsu.

Christina joined the Army in 2003. She served her first assignment in Germany.

"My sister was basically my recruiter," David said.. "She told me how good it was, especially being in Germany."

David joined the Army in 2005. He even managed to get assigned to the same command in Germany.

Both spent time together in Germany traveling and seeing things around the area where they were stationed. They both deployed to Iraq and were stationed at Camp Victory for the entire tour.

After their tours in Germany, they were assigned to Fort Hood. Christina was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, while David was assigned to the 21st Combat Support Hospital.

The two always make sure the other is doing well and try to keep in touch as much as possible.

"We keep each other motivated by talking about our plans when we get home," David said. "It's still hard to be away from each other for so long."

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