Family of Infantrymen reconnect at Fort Benning
September 9, 2010
- Three brothers serve together
- Two brothers following in path of older brother to become Airborne Rangers
FORT BENNING, Ga. - John, Patrick and Tim Intile are brothers-in-arms, literally.
The siblings are Infantrymen and all are currently at Fort Benning.
The oldest brother, CPT John Intile, is the commander of D Company, 2nd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment. SPC Patrick Intile, the youngest, is attending the pre-Ranger course and awaiting a slot for Ranger School. PV2 Tim Intile graduated today from the Airborne School's A Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment.
"Patrick knows already, but Tim is about to learn just how busy of a lifestyle this is," said CPT Intile, who attended PV2 Intile's graduation at Eubanks Field. "It's cool we are all here together but also bittersweet because we know in six months we'll be spread out again. Patrick will be in his part of the world, Tim in another and I will be wherever the Army sends me."
The brothers are third-generation Infantrymen following in the footsteps of not only their grandfather and father, but also their uncle, who is known across Fort Benning as the commanding general of the Maneuver Center, MG Michael Ferriter.
"We are trying to fill big shoes, we aren't blazing any new paths - we are a family of guys who wear blue cords," said CPT Intile, referring to the accoutrement presented to Infantry graduates of advanced individual training.
He was the first of the brothers to join the military, enlisting at 18 and attending one station unit training, Airborne School and the Ranger Indoctrination Program - now known as the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program - at Fort Benning. CPT Intile was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in Savannah, Ga.
After graduating from Ranger School, he submitted his packet for the Army's Green to Gold scholarship program. CPT Intile was commissioned as an officer in 2005 after completing his bachelor's degree. He became D Company's commander in May.
SPC Intile enlisted three years ago and is assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Lewis, Wash. PV2 Intile enlisted in February.
"This is something I've always wanted to do," said PV2 Intile, who is headed to RASP and possibly an assignment to 75th Ranger Regiment.
On Sept. 7, MG Ferriter joined his nephew at Airborne jump week. The commanding general was the first out the plane door for A Company's first student jump.
What was his advice for PV2 Intile' "Don't quit and keep your eyes on the horizon."