You Know You're From...Maine: Marine Siblings
The Rubow house was once filled with four kids.
"People coming and going, to silence," Andrea Rubow remembers.
Their front porch is draped in the stars and stripes, and four Blue Star Flags. One for each child currently serving in the Marines.
"Your whole life for 18 years is revolved around schools activities, said Rick Rubow. "Kids wanting to go here and there, getting picked up, and all of a sudden, it's gone."
The oldest, and first to join was Chris. 8 years be been enlisted now. He just returned home last week for the first time in 2 years. He's stationed in Baghdad and is an aircraft rescue firefighter.
"It's not a job, it's a lifestyle," Staff Sgt. Chris Rubow said said. "The Marine Corps, seemed to me, the best option and it made me the man I am today."
Within the last two years, the dominoes began to fall.
Matthew has been in for about 20 months, a Landing Support Specialist stationed in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Meghan is an I.T. specialist in Quantico, Virginia and enlisted 13 months ago.
Matthew and Meghan's father, Doug Reppond, is an air traffic controller at Central Wisconsin Airport, having served that same role in the Marines 20 years.
"I was so dang proud, I don't know how to tell you," Doug said, when learning of their enlistment.
Meghan and Matthew were born for Marine life.
"He always talked about how great it was and how much he loved it," said Lance Corporal Matthew Reppond. "I guess it just went without saying for me."
"My dad would say these things about the Marine Corps and I was like, I have to join the military," PFC Meghan Reppond said. "Once I got to freshman year of high school I just knew."
"I think it also has to do with what you're used to," Doug said. "If your family only believes in college and wants to go to college, they tell you about college and that's all you think about, you'll go to college."
The last to fall in line was Kaitelyn.
"Well, if they can do it, I can do it," she said with a laugh.
The youngest of the four has been a Marine for 9 months as an aviation electrician in Pensacola, Florida.
" I'm very new to the Marine Corps and I want to see how it is before I decide if I want to make a career out of it," said PFC Kaitelyn Rubow.
"That big brother figure," said Chris. "The fact of, 'well look at Chris, he's out there doing it and he's actually enjoying what he does."
A band of brothers and sisters, bonded by the love of family and country.
"Every Marine's your brother and your sister. Especially with that being a literal thing," Matthew said.
"We understand where we're going and the struggles we're going through," added Kaitelyn.
"I'll just be like, hey have you ever had this happen before? And she'll be like, yeah," Meghan said, when recalling conversations with Kaitelyn.
"I like to look at it on the aspect of, we're not sitting here at home doing nothing," Chris said. "We're actually doing something with our lives."
"We were so blessed to raise not just 4 fine individuals, but 4 Marines. 4 of the few and the proud."