Serving in the Air National Guard is often a family tradition. Many people follow in the footsteps of their grandparents, parents, or siblings, and sometimes serve alongside them.
However, it’s not very often that people get to say that they are serving alongside their twin.
Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Tabatha King, newly selected chief enlisted manager of the 178th Communications Flight; and Air Force Master Sgt. Tammy Remley, senior noncommissioned officer in charge of inspections for the 178th Inspector General Office, have been serving together at the 178th Wing for the past 19 years. With strikingly similar facial features, it is easy to see how one might confuse this set of identical twins.
King enlisted in the Ohio Air National Guard January 29, 1995, after graduating from high school. She joined for the education benefits, planning to pursue her bachelor’s degree. Photo:Senior Master Sgt. Tabatha King, newly selected Chief enlisted manager of the 178th Communications Flight, left, and Master Sgt. Tammy Remley, Senior NCO in charge of inspections with the 178th Inspector General Office, pose for a photo April 26 at Springfield-Beckley Air National Guard Base in Springfield, Ohio. King and Remley are identical twins and have been serving together in the Ohio Air National Guard at the 178th Wing for 19 years. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman First Class Amber Mullen)
“I have always been very goal-oriented, and have had things I wanted to achieve—I joined the guard for my education,” King said.
Through the Air National Guard, King has earned an associate’s degree in applied science/information management, and an associate’s degree in applied science/information systems technology. She will earn a bachelor’s degree in applied management this fall.
After seeing her sister thriving in the military and doing well for herself, Remley decided that she needed to change her life as well. Remley enlisted in the Ohio Air National Guard on September 29, 1999.
“I was pregnant in high school so I couldn’t join,” Remley said. “I had no intention of ever joining the military. But, three years later, I needed to do something to better my life and my son’s life.”
Being able to serve side by side has been extremely beneficial for both twins during their careers. Throughout different career changes during their time in the military, the twins have always been each other’s biggest supporter.
“We push each other constantly,” King said. “She’s my go-to person all of the time. Every time I question or doubt myself, she’s always there encouraging me and picking me up.”
Close Sisterly Bond
The twins said they inspire and motivate each other.
“She has been my rock,” Remley said of her sister. “She just [gives me] ways to look forward and get past the obstacles I may be dealing with. It’s great that she’s just a phone call away or even just 10 to 15 steps away.”
Airmen build strong bonds with one another throughout the course of their careers, creating a family atmosphere within the Air National Guard. For King and Remley, this family bond extends beyond the workplace.
“I have been enlisted for 23 years,” King said. “I’ve loved every aspect of being in the guard, and being in it with my sister. When they say the guard is family oriented, it truly is.”