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Brothers in Air Force service reunited by air show


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HILL AIR FORCE BASE —Military service has separated two brothers in the U.S. Air Force, but they were reunited by this weekend's Warriors Over The Wasatch show.

Along with many others, Captain Steve LeBlanc will have his eye on the sky this weekend. But he'll be looking specifically for Thunderbird number 8. Flying in that F-16 is his brother, Staff Sergeant Ray LeBlanc, who's the crew chief.

Steve LeBlanc is stationed at Hill Air Force Base, where he is a part of the Enterprise and Logistics Training group. Up until about a year ago, he was stationed in Japan.

"Just by the nature of our careers in being airmen in the Air Force, we don't get to see each other too often, so when these occasions do come around, it's pretty special," said Steve LeBlanc.

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The brothers are taking advantage of the time they have together.

"You know, Ray's been coming over the last couple nights, actually, and just having dinner," Steve LeBlanc said. "He's going to be here through Sunday so he'll probably be over every night having dinner. My wife will be cooking and we just like spending time together."

The brothers say they have a healthy sense of competition, but they also look up to each other.

"We are doing the same mission towards the nation's goals and so we're just doing it in different uniforms and different bases, different aspects of the Air Force," said Ray LeBlanc.

Military service runs in the family. The LeBlancs have cousins and uncles who are in the Air Force, and their grandparents and father are also retired Air Force.

The younger LeBlanc says there's always a chance he could get stationed here at Hill but because of conflict of interest, he would not be under his brother's command.

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