Florida twins join the Air Force together
GRACEVILLE, Fla. (WMBB) — It’s typical for siblings to fight. But if it came down to that, a pair of twins from Graceville would rather fight together.
They join the Air Force.
“I really can’t remember a time when they weren’t together,” said the twins’ mother, Ferica West.
Landon and Leiken King have been attached at the hip since birth.
“Wherever she went, I went,” Landon said. “Yeah, we kind of did the same thing,” Leiken said. “Yeah, I ate the same food,” Landon said.
When the Graceville twins entered their adult lives, it was hard for them to imagine their life apart.
“Well, we’re joining the Air Force,” Leiken said. “Then we’re going to be shipped off to Montgomery to go to…again and then to San Antonio for basic training.”
The 18-year-olds said they had both wanted to join the Air Force for some time.
They have a brother in the army.
But a road trip to Port St. Joe a few years ago also helped get the idea started.
“We were on 98 westbound and jets flew overhead and we had a long chat the whole way and it really sparked interest,” said the twins’ father, Kenny West. “It’s really a passion for Landon and it has spread to Leiken and they’re really excited.”
Leiken said she especially likes the perks that come with enlisting in the military, like free education.
She’s going to train in public affairs while her brother learns the ins and outs of aircraft electrical and environmental systems.
“I always wanted to work on planes, I guess,” Landon said. “Come near a plane because I’ve never ridden one before.”
The twins’ parents said to say they were proud would be an understatement.
“Our family, we love America and I think you know the patriotism has spilled over to them a bit too,” Ms West said.
Landon and Leikin leave first thing Monday morning to start this next chapter together.
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