Two brothers who have been serving in Afghanistan for almost a year without seeing each other were able to connect during the holidays, thanks to a visiting commander who heard their story.
Sgt. Joel Borchardt and Pfc. James Borchardt are both with the 101st Airborne Division, which is based at Fort Campbell, on the Kentucky-Tennessee line.
Brig. Gen. Andrzeg Reudowicz visited Polish and U.S. soldiers Dec. 23 and 24, heard about the brothers and decided to take Joel Borchardt to see his younger brother on Christmas Eve.
Joel says it was good to be able to check on James, who Joel says was surprised to see him.
The Borchardts are from Tucson, Ariz. They’re scheduled to leave Afghanistan in February.