Military service a Gines family tradition

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Gines family has a long history of serving in the military. Grandfathers, fathers and now sons are all fighting for our country.

There are seven men total. They are men of different ages and different branches of the military, but they do have one thing in common: They are all men of the Gines family.

"I looked at my family and I saw that they were all making a move in a positive direction, so I went ahead and jumped to it," said 20-year-old Rion Gines.

Rion is the newest member of the family to enlist.

"I'm looking forward to deploying with my troops later on this year," Rion said.

This is the first time in a long time almost all of the military men of the Gines family were under one roof.

"It's good when you come home and everybody is here and you haven't seen them in awhile. It's like a big reunion every time you come home," said John Gines who is also a member of the U.S. Army.

Although the men rarely see each other, they say a strong foundation is what keeps this family together.

"It will always be that way no matter what we're going through. We will always be the same with each other no matter what," said 25-year-old Dante Gines.

Dante is the only member of his family to receive a Purple Heart. And while the young serviceman was awarded for his bravery, it's his commitment to his family and his country that he's most proud of.

His uncle, Felix, is a member of the Air National Guard.

"We're going to tell them right. We're going to tell them which way to go and what to do and what not to do and that's our duty as the men in the family," said Felix.

His mother agrees.

"We had strict rules in the home, me and my husband. Get an education. If you wanted anything you had to go after it and you had to get an education to complete it," said Levern Gines.

The matriarch of the family says she remembers her husband's call to duty. Generations later, she's pleased with her family's commitment to serving their country.