daughters serve in the US Army
family has double blessing
images of each other, the McIntire twins - Julie and Jenna, 23
- are serving in the US Army and are both First Lieutenants, according
to their parents, Roger and Barbara McIntire of Sunman.
The girls were always very close growing up and according to their
mother, it didnt take Jenna long to sign on for the ROTC
program after her sister Julie did.
She just needed a little nudge, Barbara noted.
Both girls attended Milan Elementary School and then graduated
from the Oldenburg Academy.
It didnt surprise us when they went into the military,
their father shared with The Versailles Republican. Theyve
always been service oriented.
The twins were very involved in Habitat for Humanity projects
under the direction of Pete and Deb Mack, who they truly admire.
With the country still at war, the McIntires are concerned about
their daughters being in Iraq. Actually, Jenna is on a mission
in Jordan, but will return to Iraq.
On his second day of retirement, after working 40 years in Cincinnati,
on Tuesday of this week, Roger said he does have more time to
think about his daughters.
As world news plays 24/7 in the McIntire home, they are well aware
of the danger out there. They are also comforted by their faith
and their daughters resolve that everything is okay
Its not something Barbara dwells on. I couldnt
image one of my children going (dying) before me, she said
in a broken voice.
Quickly regaining her composure, Barbara said she leaves them
in Gods hands and knows they are where they want to be.
Theyve always played Army since they were little girls,
she shared. Theyd play around this tree in the yard,
pretending to shoot.
Julie attended Wheaton College obtaining a four-year degree in
political science. She also met her husband, John Leggett, there.
Ironically, he is also a twin - and they too both serve in the
Army. Theyre (Julie and John) both in Iraq now, but
not together, Barbara noted.
She told how at Christmas John had gone to where Julie was to
visit her. A General found out they were married and arranged
for them to have a little get away. He called
it the Hilton, but it really wasnt, laughed Barbara.
She said the young couple was grateful for the small favor and
enjoyed some time together.
Jenna graduated from Boston University with a degree in Archaeology.
She has traveled to Spain and Puerto Rico on digs and is truly
excited about the countries shes been in since deploying
to Iraq. Shes also a cross country runner for the Army and
recently came in 7th in her category in a marathon in Washington,
Both girls are athletic. According to Roger, in a Ranger Challenge
- a eight mile road march that Julie led, one of her soldiers
sprained his ankle. They were carrying heavy gear and so Julie
took his gear, as well as her own and continued the march. Theyre
tough, he said of his daughters.
The McIntires are not strangers to military life. Roger was a
seaman, serving as a sonar technician in the US Navy. My
father, was also a seaman, Roger shared. The late Charles
McIntire served in the Pacific Fleet in the US Navy during World
While they know their daughters are doing what they want and getting
many opportunities, the McIntires also know the dangers of war.
Yes, Im a little more apprehensive, Roger admitted.
Afghanistan worries me, Barbara shared.
But when we talk with them - theyre so happy,
Barbara noted. The soldiers should be home for a visit later this
month and in her soft southern drawl, Barbara, said, And
were gonna have a big party!
The McIntires also have an older daughter they are very proud
of. Jessica, 27, graduated from Xavier with a degree in psychology
and then went on to obtain her nursing degree. She is employed
as a nurse in a hospital in Orlando, FL.
The McIntires are looking forward to retirement, although Barbara
is still employed part time at Halcomb Home Center in Versailles.
They anticipate grandchildren, and know the odds of them coming
in pairs is great.
Oh, yes, we cant wait, smiled Barbara, who says
she doesnt care where her children are scattered, shell
travel to visit them.
Right now Julie and husband, John, are stationed out of Hawaii.
Jenna is with the 1st Infantry Division out of Ft. Riley, Kansas.
Lt. Jenna McIntire . . . . . . . . . 1st. Lt Julie Leggett