Spartan Spouses Celebrate Anniversary with Reenlistment
May 10, 2007
CAMP BLESSING, Afghanistan (Army News Service, May 10, 2007) - One couple here celebrated the sixth anniversary of their meeting in a unique way. From a rooftop located on the edge of Kunar Province, Sgt. 1st Class Jamie L. Outland-Brown and Staff Sgt. Darrell P. Brown reenlisted in the Army ... indefinitely.
"We started our lives together on this day six years ago, and the Army is a big part of our lives, so this day just seemed right," said Sgt. 1st Class Outland-Brown, noncommissioned officer in charge of the 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, military police plans shop.
The husband and wife have been in the Army for 10 years. On May 5, they took their oath to stay in the Army until retirement. Having met at Fort Hood, Texas, they reenlisted for an assignment to Fort Drum, N.Y. They're now approaching the end of their second deployment.
When Staff Sgt. Brown, a scout team leader with Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, decided to reenlist, his wife was thrilled.
"I knew I'd join the Army since I was young and I knew I wanted to do it for the rest of my life, so it was really just a matter of when I was going to reenlist," she said. "I love the Army."
After officially recommitting themselves to the Army, Sgt. 1st Class Outland-Brown's eyes lit up as she wrapped her arms around her husband's neck and said, "Happy anniversary, honey!"
"This was kind of one of those decisions you have to make together," she said. "The Army can be tough sometimes, but having each other for support makes it a lot easier."
"We're ready to do whatever the Army tells us is next," Sgt. 1st Class Outland-Brown said.
(Pfc. Jaime D. Mial writes for Task Force Spartan Public Affairs.)