Spring Grove High School junior Bekka Swiger gets together with her brother, Airman Carl Swiger, during the 2014 Business and Career Expo at the school
Spring Grove High School junior Bekka Swiger gets together with her brother, Airman Carl Swiger, during the 2014 Business and Career Expo at the school Monday. Bekka wasn't aware that her brother was manning the Air Force booth at the fair. Carl, 19, is leaving next week to be stationed at Mildenhall Airbase in England. He is a York County School of Technology graduate. BILL KALINA-bkalina@yorkdispatch.com

About seven months ago, Bekka Swiger said goodbye to her older brother Carl when he left for his basic and technical training in the Air Force.

Now she has about two weeks to get as much quality time as possible with her brother before he leaves again, this time to be stationed in England.

Airman Carl Swiger said joining the Air Force is a family tradition — his father served for four years, and his great-grandfather retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel. Carl Swiger will start with a tour for two years.

Carl Swiger said he'll be working on the maintenance of aircraft while overseas, a skill he trained in this year. He also got the foundations for the work from his classes at the York County School of Technology, where he studied automotive technology.

Bekka Swiger got a few extra hours with Carl Monday at Spring Grove's Business and Career Expo. Bekka, a junior, attended the expo while Carl manned the table for the Air Force, talking with interested students about his experience thus far.

Bekka said she and her brother are close, even though they do bicker when he's around. But the rapport comes back quickly: For the past week since Carl has been at home, he's made Bekka sit next to him at dinner.

This time, Bekka said her brother's leaving could be bittersweet, as Carl leaves April 8, one day after her birthday.

But Bekka said her family is planning to focus on the sweet with a dinner for dual purposes — to celebrate and to send off.



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