The US Marine fiancee shares her story as a #ProudAmerican
Christina Anderson opens up about her fiancé being deployed.
Planning a wedding can be stressful for most couples but Christina Anderson has a unique situation that presents its own problems: her fiance is deployed abroad.
Christina Anderson and Bill Pennewell, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, have been dating for two and a half years, and in March 2017, Bill. It was only a month later, when his unit was given the opportunity to implement.
Christina Anderson, and Staff Sgt. Bill Pennewell have been engaged since March, 2017.
Although Bill was not obliged to go, he acknowledged that his position was needed, and he was one of the few qualified for the job. It was a difficult decision that Bill and Christina together made. He would go and serve his country.
Christina said that she was surprised, but understood her fiancé to choice.
“I had not expected it so quickly but I have learned a lot really quickly,” she told Fox News’ Harris Faulkner on “Outnumbered Overtime.”
The couple’s wedding is planned for September.
Bill is in his 11th year of service, having joined the Marines at 18, and is currently in his third deployment. He is in Bahrain for the past six months and is set to return in about a month and a half – just in time for their September wedding.
The Planning of the wedding alone is a challenge for Christina. The couple tried to plan what she could before Bill implementation, but now they must rely on written letters and spotty Internet service to communicate.
The countdown to the ‘I’ begins.
Apart from planning a wedding, being apart has proven difficult for other reasons.
During his last deployment, both Bill and Christina suffered the loss of a loved one.
“It was hard not to be able to rely on each others presence… comfort each other at that time.”
The staff sergeant presented in March 2017.
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Christina has used both Bill’s family and her own for support. She also is grateful for the support she has received from other military couples go through similar situations.
“I love the camaraderie … I’ve learned a lot about the strength and resilience and taught me a lot about how to be adapted to life.”
Fox News’ Harris Faulkner contributed to this report.