Suprise Reunion


By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman L. A. Preston, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

Pulling into port gives Sailors the opportunity to enjoy different cultures, relax and recharge after weeks of long working hours. Some say it is a refreshing experience, just enough to maintain focus and motivation before heading back to sea. If pulling into port can have such a positive impact, how would it feel to see a family member during deployment?

Operations Specialist Seaman B. Dutary experienced that feeling when his brother, Operations Specialist 1st Class R. Dutary, assigned to the 609th Combined Air Operation Center (CAOC) in Qatar, embarked aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Jan. 11 as part of a collaborative trip of 20 personnel visiting from the CAOC.

“I had no idea my older brother was coming,” said B. Dutary, who has been aboard Truman for almost two years. “When my supervisor woke me up, he said I had to report to my chief to discuss something very important. I thought I was in really big trouble when I was escorted to the commanding officer’s in-port cabin—that’s when I saw my brother and I didn’t know what to do. Pulling into port is very refreshing but it’s nothing compared to seeing your family.”

It has been more than a year since the two brothers, raised in Fayetteville, N.C., have seen each other. R. Dutary, age 32, is six years older than his brother and has been in the Navy for eight years.

“We were never close before but I believe it’s never too late to start fresh,” said
R. Dutary. “Now that we share the same rate in the same branch of service, we have so much to relate to. Seeing my younger brother in the same uniform brings back memories of when I first joined the Navy and makes me feel proud that I was able to be a positive influence.”

Dutary, formerly undesignated, struck operations specialist a month ago and said he loves having the opportunity to learn something new every day.

“I really wanted a rate where I could advance and my older brother was a big  factor in why I chose this rate,” said B. Dutary. “He gave me insight to how day-to-day life would be. I’m learning new things and I feel very motivated to finish my qualifications and advance to third class.”

Dutary is now in the reserves and hopes to use the skillsets he learned in the Navy toward a civilian career.

“The Navy continues to treat me well and being able to have this opportunity to see my brother is another great experience I have been fortunate enough to have since I’ve been in,” said R. Dutary. “Now that I’m in the reserves, I want to move back home and find a career very similar to the one I had while I was active duty. I hope my little brother advances and does well during his career in the Navy. I’ll always be here to give him advice when he needs it.”

During their reunion, the brothers were able to catch up on time spent apart and dine together in the wardroom. Although the trip was for only a day, they were
very appreciative of having the opportunity to see each another. They plan to stay in touch through email and will reunite again after Truman’s deployment.

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