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Tracking Station twins, mom know family comes first

Dalton and Dylan

Dalton and Dylan Pooler, facility technician and janitor for Kaena Point Satellite Tracking Station, share stories about their childhood at Kaena Point Tracking Station, Hawaii, Aug. 16, 2018. The Poolers twins surprised their mother, who was only expecting one baby before delivery. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Scarlett Rodriguez)

Lori

Lori Lindblad, logistics specialist for Kaena Point Satellite Tracking Station, shares stories about her and her twin boys at Kaena Point Tracking Station, Hawaii, Aug. 16, 2018. Lindblad and her sons, Dylan and Dalton Pooler, all work at the site and have worked as the janitors at Kaena Point early in their careers. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Scarlett Rodriguez)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Kaena Point Satellite Tracking Station frequently gets called a family, not just because of its small workforce, but because of the connections people establish with one another.

One of those said connections is “thicker than water.”

Lori Lindblad, logistics specialist and longtime employee of Kaena Point, has had her roots planted there for over 12 years, resurfacing in the form of her twin boys, Dylan and Dalton Pooler.

"I don't think of them as my children at work," she said. "They don't look at me as mom, I don't look at them as my kids, we're coworkers and that's it."

Lori explained how Dalton was the first of her sons to work at the site, following in his mother’s footsteps, starting as a janitor. As time went on, he was able to occupy a facility technician position, leaving the janitorial spot open for Dylan.

"By chance I just asked Shane, my boss, 'what if Dylan applied? Would that be too much?'" she relived. “Shane, love the man, said 'well, it can't hurt to try.'"

Ever since, Dylan and Dalton have been fixtures at Kaena Point, and operate day-to-day with their desks right next to each other. However, their work keeps them separated more often than not.

"Pretty much 95 percent of the time, I'm nowhere near my desk,” Dylan said.

Dalton agreed with his brother, who also gets pulled outdoors frequently.

“Even when he is at his desk, I might be around the site doing my safety checks or checking on vehicles," he said. "Every once in a while we'll probably get a good ten minutes in, talking, just to keep tabs."

The brothers, while not close at work, confidently explained their relationship at home, and how they differ in personality, despite similarities in looks.

"We were pretty close-knit, we were each other's first best friends," Dalton said. “He's more social and outgoing, so he attracts the most people into conversations, and I just throw my two-cents in there to let people know I'm still there."

While Dylan agreed, he also elaborated on the positives of his brother’s personality.

"Everyone likes him, he's the glue that kind of sticks everything together,” he said. “He's also stubborn, but it's good to have (him) around."

Both brothers sang even higher praises for their mother.

“That's the real glue,” Dalton said. “Everyone's her friend, so that's where he gets his personable side, and it's where I get the stubbornness."

"She is mom," Dylan continued. "She is our mom, she is our friend’s mom. She is the mother. That’s the only way I can explain it.”

Lori is thankful, not only to have her boys near her at work, but to be able to connect with them and their entire family outside of work.

“Out of work, we are very family oriented," she said. “We have family day on Sunday.”

Family Day for the Lindblad/Pooler crew, as they explained it, is when they get together to spend time with each other and the youngest member of their family, 17-month-old Haylee.

"We were already close as it is, so when Haylee came into the picture she was thrown right in," Dalton explained. "We didn't have to change anything about how we were, how we react or how we talk.”

Talking about her boys, and the successes they’ve made to this day, Lori couldn’t keep her pride from bubbling to the surface.

"I'm very happy, there's no words to explain how happy and proud I am to say those are my boys,” she said. "I'm a very fortunate mom."

Even when explaining how they entered her life, Lori expressed nothing but gratitude.

"They're surprise twins," she explained. “I was pregnant. They thought I was having one baby, they put the heart monitor on Dylan's head, and when Dalton came out, they detected another child. So I call him my ‘Fooler Pooler.’"

"They're my pride and joys,” she continued.  

The Lindblad/Pooler family is just one of the examples of how Kaena Point operates as family, and that family is happy to be working there.

"I love being a part of Kaena Point,” Lori said. “I'm very proud to say I'm a part of this team, I wouldn't change it for anything."