I decided to join the Army because after 9-11 I felt it was time to do my part. I was already enrolled in ROTC but being around such inspired, ambitious, and courageous people made me realize that I wanted to be apart of something great and make a difference.
I graduated from St. Edward's University and commissioned out of the University of Texas in December 2005. Matt took a different route. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where he played Division 1 soccer for four years. He wanted to serve his country and fly. He commissioned in May 2005. We met at Fort Rucker, Alabama, home of Army Aviation. He lived a few doors down and we really got to know each other when I joined the softball team he was coaching. We became friends and later fell in love.
We both chose to fly the best aircraft in the Army inventory.. the UH-60 BlackHawk. After attending Dunker training (where they teach you how to get out of an aircraft your strapped into, with doors on, upside down, and 10 feet under water) and SERE school (Survival, Evade, Resist, and Escape training) we both graduated. He went to 4th Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade in Savannah, GA where he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in May 2007.
I went to 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade in Katterbach, Germany. I deployed to Balad, Iraq in August 2007. While deployed we both had the opportunity to fly countless mission, ranging from assaults to caring VIPs. We moved personnel, cargo, and anything else needing transport to keep Soldiers and equipment off the streets and away from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Matt came home in July 2008 and I came home in September 2008.
Since, we have met every few months traveling to Spain, Paris, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Germany, and home to see our families. Matt, currently in the Captain's Career Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama, will graduate in October of this year.
We will marry on 28 November 2009 and return back to Germany to finally live together again and wait for the next exciting adventure for the US Army to send us on.
Four Sisters Catering will assist Matt and Azizi with their Winter Wonderland wedding. Check back for decor details.