By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item
SUNBURY — Thanks to Facebook, two Valley brothers were able to meet in Afghanistan while being deployed, and on Saturday the two soldiers met again.
Micah Hallman, a staff sergeant with the U.S. Air Force and 2004 graduate of Sunbury Christian Academy, and Army Staff Sgt. Nathan Hallman, a 1997 graduate of the same school, who recently returned after being deployed with the Army Corps of Engineers at Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan for the past year, celebrated Micah Hallman’s birthday on Saturday at the East End Fire Company, Sunbury.
Nathan Hallman, 34, was searching the Internet in November and checked his Facebook page which informed him his brother was going to be arriving at the Kandahar Province airbase, Afghanistan.
In an hour.
Nathan, with no time to spare, hopped in a military truck and drove to the airport to surprise his brother whom he hadn’t seen in close to a year.
“I turned around and there he was,” Micah Hallman said.
“It was the best part of this whole tour.”
His brother agreed.
“I saw he was going to be here and I immediately left,” Nathan Hallman said.
“I couldn’t get there fast enough and seeing my brother was the highlight of my time spent there.”
Micah recently returned home and Bonnie Hallman decided to throw a surprise party for her son’s 28th birthday.
“This is amazing having them both here,” she said.
“It is just so good to see them come home.”
Bonnie said she was not made aware of the brothers meeting until after it occurred when she got a phone call while she was driving to the mall in November.
“I started to cry,” she said.
“I couldn’t even drive I was just so happy for them.”
Micah Hallman is a joint inspector, dealing with cargo shipments and in September, he was “forward deployed” to Afghanistan on a mission to rescue a Black Hawk helicopter which was damaged upon landing near a base in Chakhcharan, central Afghanistan.
Deployed out of Pope Air Field in N.C., he was part of the team which safely orchestrated the transport of the Black Hawk to another base for repairs, according to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing’s website. His squadron, the 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron, is part of the 379th.
Nathan Hallman returned home to his wife, Jacinta, and their four children, Caleb, 9, Bailey, 6, Max, 4 and Keira, 1.
Micah returned about two weeks ago to his wife Tysha, a 2003 Sunbury Christian Academy graduate and their two sons, Cael, 4, and Chase, 6.
“This is just an amazing feeling to be back together,” Nathan Hallman said.
“It is great to have all of our families here and everyone having a good time and enjoying seeing each other.”