JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas –
Twin brothers Stephen and George Coppage of San Antonio are making final preparations to attend recruit training and becoming Sailors in America’s Navy’s aviation support career field.
According to Stephen, joining the Navy was something that he always wanted to do since graduating high school in 2011.
“At that time, I didn’t have the courage,” said Stephen, who will be shipping to boot camp with his brother in January 2020. “I know it will make me a better person and I want to challenge myself.”
It’s a twin thing, said Stephen, who will serve as an aviation electronics technician.
“My brother and I are very competitive and we challenge each other,” Stephen said. “I am super excited and ready for a great journey.”
For George, having the opportunity to travel was one of the keys aspects for joining the Navy.
“I know that in some services, you can get locked down to a few locations, but not in the Navy,” said George, who will serve as an aviation structural mechanic.
According to George, he likes working with his hands and is following the career field of his grandfather who served as an aviation mechanic in the Air Force.
“Since leaving high school, I’ve been an auto mechanic and roofer,” George said. “I’m looking forward to working on jets, planes, and whatever I can get my hands on.”
Both brothers were recruited by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brooks Anderson, an Aviation Boatswain’s Mate, or aircraft handler, assigned to Navy Recruiting Station Mercado.
Navy Recruiting District San Antonio’s area of responsibility includes more than 34 Navy Recruiting Stations and Navy Officer Recruiting Stations spread throughout 144,000 square miles of Central and South Texas territory.