F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. --
Have you ever wished you had a twin? A guaranteed best friend in life and a bond like no other. Fortunately, that’s the reality for two sisters in the 90th Security Forces Group who have managed to stick together thus far on their Air Force journey.
Senior Airman Brittany Grimes, 90th Security Forces Squadron remote display alarm monitor, and Senior Airman Amber Mitchell, 890th Missile Security Forces Squadron response force leader, shared their entire lives together. Surprisingly, when they decided to join the Air Force their time together continued.
“We saw how hard it was on our mom to send our older sister to college and we knew we needed to get scholarships or figure something out, so we decided to join the Air Force,” said Grimes.
When the sisters made it to basic training, they ended up being in the same flight. After completing this, they remained at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas for their security forces technical school where they were roommates. When graduation rolled around the sisters were sure they would be separated.
“We didn’t want to get our hopes up about being stationed together, but when we checked our orders on the computer we found out we were going to the same base,” Grimes said.
Once they arrived at the base, the twins were both placed in the 90th SFS.
“We were in different flights, but we had the same work schedule, so our days off always lined up,” Mitchell said.
The sisters said the set up was great, but it was also tough trying to have their own identity.
“People constantly compare us,” Mitchell said. “They expect us to have the same PT scores, make rank at the same time and pretty much be the same person. It can be a lot of pressure sometimes, but we’re comfortable being who we are.”
In 2016, Mitchell left to serve in Korea, and that was the first time the twins were separated.
“It was challenging being away from my sister for a year, but it gave me a chance to make friends and get out of my comfort zone,” Grimes said.
The two defenders are from Boston, Georgia and they said they’re always striving to make their mother proud.
“As a mother, you are always concerned for your children, especially when they are moving away from home straight out of high school,” said Mary Dennis, the twins’ mother. “I want them to know that I respect them for the obstacles they’ve overcome to get where they are. I am one proud Air Force mom!”
Unfortunately, the twins will be separated again because Grimes received orders for a new assignment. However, but their bond will remain no matter where the Air Force takes them.