Samantha and Kyle

Samantha and Kyle's Engagement in Fort Benning, Georgia

How We Met

Kyle and I met while he was in Arizona for an Army training program in Fort Huachuca. He drove up from the Army base to visit old college friends from ASU in Tempe. While he was in town, we matched on the dating app, Bumble. I had only had the app for a couple of days because a classmate downloaded it on my phone and I thought it was silly at first. Lucky for me, I gave it a chance and we hit it off with Kyle immediately. We texted back and forth while he was training 3 hours away over the next couple of weeks. After 2 weeks of messaging, he drove back to the Phoenix area and took me on a breakfast date. After the first date, we knew we had found something special. He came back to see me the next weekend and the weekend after. Only after our third-weekend date, he asked me to be his girlfriend. One week later he left on a deployment to Afghanistan. We started off our relationship only being able to talk on the phone for the first several months but I wouldn’t change a thing. One year and 8 months later, we’ve gone through several month-long trainings, not being able to communicate for weeks at a time and living long distance while he’s stationed in Fort Carson, CO and I’m in medical school in AZ. We may not have the traditional relationship but loving him is the easiest thing I’ve ever done.

How They Asked

Over the weekend I was able to see my soldier graduate Officer Candidate School (OCS) and become a commissioned officer in the US Army. After graduation we went outside for pictures by the flags and fountain. His parents and I removed the covers over his new shoulder boards symbolizing his new status as an officer. He gave a sweet speech thanking both of our families for coming out from Arizona to Georgia to support him. Then, he turned to me and told me he wanted to graduate from OCS to better support our future family but he first wanted to ask me something.

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He got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I was in complete shock and gave him a sobbing nod, YES! I couldn’t even get the word out but he knew what I meant. Our families were crying and hugging and strangers were cheering. It was the happiest moment of my life and I never thought I could cry so hard. I can’t wait to marry my favorite soldier, my best friend and the love of my life!

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