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For those who serve, the military can become a second family. The shared experiences of service members working toward a common goal create a unique bond that is not easily broken. Feeling connected and comfortable with those you serve every day is essential to achieving the Air Force’s mission.

This bond is especially felt by the Senegars; three Air Force reservists who are very close to the family in uniform and out of uniform.

Staff Sgt. Victor Senegar Jr., Tech. sergeant. Vincent Senegar and Staff Sgt. Vanessa Senegar are siblings and Airmen assigned to the 908th Airlift Wing at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Additionally, Serena Senegar, the eldest of the siblings, served as a captain in the Alabama Air National Guard and the Senegar siblings’ parents both served in the military.

Victor, a production supervisor at the 908th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, has been a reservist for nearly 20 years. Victor joined the Air Force when he was still in high school, and when Vincent and Vanessa were still young children.

“It’s crazy watching my brother and sister grow up when I was already in the military,” Victor said. “Now they are here too, it really gives me a sense of pride knowing that they are serving the country with me.”

Vincent joined nearly 10 years after his older brother and now serves with him in 908 AMXS as a Mission Systems Technician. He described seeing his older brother serve and how it inspired him to begin his own Air Force journey.

“My brother really motivated me to join the military when I was living with him,” Vincent said. “He was a team leader, so he was always going to a different place and I said, ‘I want to do this! “”

In 2017, with two Senegalese siblings serving as 908 Airmen, Vanessa, the youngest, decides to continue the family tradition. Naturally, her parents and older brothers inspired her to join, but she said seeing her older sister as a woman in uniform played a major role in her decision to join.

“She was definitely a big influence,” Vanessa said. “I always wanted that decision to be mine, but as my big sister she played a big part in things.”

In June 2021, members of 908 AW began what would become the largest deployment in the Wing’s history. Among those going overseas were Victor and Vincent; brothers undertaking their first and last deployment together.

“I never thought I’d be deployed with my little brother, let alone work in the same unit as him,” Victor said. “There were so many great memories to share with our children and the rest of the family.”

Back in the States, Vanessa took comfort in the fact that her brothers were together. She said she had done her part to help the family back home and was not so worried about her brothers because they knew each other.

“I definitely felt better knowing they were together,” Vanessa said. “It’s hard to be deployed and it’s even harder when you don’t have someone you’re really close to and can trust.”

All of the Senegar siblings have expressed the feeling that having a family they can rely on, in and out of uniform, has made life as Citizen Reserve Airmen so much more rewarding.

Vincent’s wife gave birth to twins while he was deployed overseas. He said it was hard not to be there for their birth, but he was happy to have a family he could rely on in his absence.

“I’m glad I was able to help the twins while Vincent was away,” Vanessa said. “We are a family and we have to support each other when we need help.”

Military life is not without its challenges, especially for those at the start of their careers. Vanessa said she was happy to come to the wing in 2017 and to have her brothers here for her.

“If I was here without them, it wouldn’t be the same,” Vanessa said. “Having my brothers here with me has really helped me come out of my shell.”

The siblings are aware of their reputation as a family within the wing and they strive to use it as an example for each other and for their wingers. Vanessa said her brothers set high standards that she felt motivated to uphold.

“It’s nice to know that people see us that way,” she said. “It’s sometimes difficult to be compared, but it pushes me to give my best.”

Victor, as the oldest brother and the highest ranking officer, said he was aware of this responsibility and took it to heart.

“Having my siblings here on the wing boosts my focus,” he said. “It pushes me to be the best airman I can be, to set a good example for them.”

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