Air Force Couple Deployed Often

Lizviette Fernandez, a 2018 nursing graduate, and her husband, Jaron Brown, a student working toward a liberal studies degree with plans to earn an M.B.A. at Rutgers–Camden, deployed to the Middle East a combined eight times as staff sergeants in the Air Force.

Brown, a native of North Carolina, served for 12 years and was deployed to Iraq in support of several combat operations. “You never think the Air Force will be close to combat action like the Marines or Army, but we were right there alongside them,” said Brown, who continues to serve in the New York Air National Guard.

Fernandez and Brown met at Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina in 2005 when he enlisted and she was the one to process him into the base. Fernandez, who grew up in Massachusetts, left the service after their first son was born in 2013.

When Brown was transferred to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, Fernandez enrolled at Rutgers–Camden. “I liked that the campus is very diverse,” said Fernandez, who works as a nurse for Jefferson Health.

Brown, who works as an administrative assistant in the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, is a familiar face to other veterans on campus. He said the student-veterans at Rutgers–Camden are a talented group with bright days ahead. “I cannot wait to see the amazing things that they do in their futures,” he said.

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