‘Cacti’ lieutenant proposes during unit’s Spouse Day

| November 25, 2010 | 1 Comment
1st Lt. Brooks Demmer (kneeling), Co. A, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, surprised his girlfriend, Erin Hering, with a marriage proposal during Spouse Day, Saturday.

1st Lt. Brooks Demmer (kneeling), Co. A, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, surprised his girlfriend, Erin Hering, with a marriage proposal during Spouse Day, Saturday.

Story and Photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs,  25th Infantry Division

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Girls may dream about the day their true love asks for their hand in marriage.

Many envision this momentous occasion taking place over a romantic dinner with champagne and soft lighting, but for the best girl of an infantry Soldier, things were a little different.

For Erin Hering, the last thing she expected was a proposal on a rifle range.

But that’s where 1st Lt. Brooks Demmer, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, got down on one knee, outside a shoot house, here, Nov. 20.

After dating for three years, Hering and Demmer got engaged during the Cacti battalion’s Spouse Day, which allows Soldiers’ significant others the opportunity to live the life of their infantry Soldier for a day.

“We will always look back on this Spouse Day as special, because it was the day I asked for her to be my spouse,” Demmer said.

“I was really happy, but shocked!” Hering said. “I immediately started bawling!”

“I have been thinking about asking her to marry me for months,” Demmer said, “but wasn’t sure how I wanted to do it. So, I thought that this was probably the best way to really embarrass her and for her to not see it coming.”

Demmer and Hering plan to have a small ceremony to tie the knot over their upcoming holiday leave, and a bigger wedding once he returns from his deployment.

With a “yes,” Demmer strapped his Kevlar combat helmet onto the head of his bride-to-be and ushered her onto the range to show her how to shoot a machine gun.

Only in the infantry, do you find a love like that.

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  1. Jerilyn Johanson says:

    Thank you for this article. Nice to share something heartwarming!! Congratulations to Brooks and Erin! What a happy couple.

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