By Pfc. Jaime D. Mial
Task Force Spartan Public Affairs
With the sun shining brightly in the clear sky and mountains dotted with green trees behind her, Sgt. 1st Class Jamie L. Outland-Brown stood beside her husband, Army Staff Sgt. Darrell P. Brown on the sixth anniversary of their meeting. Standing on a rooftop at Camp Blessing, located on the edge of Kunar Province in northeastern Afghanistan, the couple stood confidently as they prepared to re-commit themselves to one of the most important things in their lives. They prepared to re-enlist in the U.S. Army… indefinitely.
|Army Staff Sgt. Darrell P. Brown (foreground) and his wife, Sgt. 1st Class Jamie L. Outland-Brown, perform their re-enlistment oaths together during a ceremony at Camp Blessing on their 6th anniversary.|
“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 Outland-Brown, noncommissioned officer in charge of the 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 in Fort Hood, Texas, they reenlisted for an assignment to Fort Drum, N.Y. They’re now approaching the end of their second deployment.
“I decided to re-enlist on this really long, horrible walk,” said Brown, a scout team leader with Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT. “When I got back I talked to my wife about re-enlisting.”
Outland-Brown had decided at a young age to make the Army her life and was thrilled to make her continued commitment official.
“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 re-enlist,” she said. “I love the Army.”
When the time came for the ceremony Outland-Brown meticulously arranged the scene, making sure everyone was standing in just the right place and buzzing about with an excitement generally reserved for brides on their wedding day. Her husband looked on with a smile as he said to the other Soldiers, “She’s in charge, she’s the boss today,” with a giggle.
After officially recommitting themselves to the Army, Outland-Brown’s eyes lit up as she wrapped her arms around her husband’s neck saying “happy anniversary honey!”
“This was kind of one of those decisions you have to make together,” Outland-Brown said of her re-enlistment. “(The Army) can be tough sometimes, but having each other for support makes it a lot easier.”
The American Flag that was held proudly behind the couple was then folded and handed over to them to be kept as a reminder of their commitment to the Army.
“We’re ready to do whatever the Army tells us is next,” Outland-Brown said with a smile.