PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Two Arizona women currently deployed overseas have been linked for most of their lives. They were first friends, and then became stepsisters.
Now, they are bunk mates.
Both of these women are Senior Airman in the Air Force Reserves, and they've been on a similar path for quite some time. Jami Mora and April Delgado have been deployed in an undisclosed location in Asia since January.
"At first when you get here, you have just jitters, like, I don't really get it, but then when you see each other, you're like we're fine," said Delgado.
Stepsisters Delgado and Mora are both from Arizona, have been friends since elementary school, and enlisted just a few months apart. Although the two were deployed around the same time, they never imagined they'd end up at the same base, and better yet, as bunk mates.
"I came back from a 12-hour shift and I saw that someone was on the top of my bunk, and I turned the light on and I was like, 'oh my gosh, that's my sister. That's jami'," said Delgado. "So I shined the light on her. It was interesting."
Delgado arrived to base first, and when Mora got there, she randomly chose the bunk occupied by her sister.
"They're like, here you go, here's your tent and choose a bunk, pretty much," said Mora. "So, it just so happened that I picked hers. I didn't even know it was hers. I just got up and went to sleep and a couple of hours later, she's shining the light in my face."
Delgado's father, Chris, and Mora's mother, Sara Delgado, dated in middle school, but went their separate ways, both starting families of their own. Years later, the two linked back up and got married, making Jami and April sisters.
This was the first time being overseas for both girls, and the Delgados were relieved knowing the two were together. The two work different shifts, but they say they try to spend as much time together as possible on their off days, or eating breakfast or dinner together. Both sisters are expected to come back home in July.