Five minutes with … an Operation Vacation couple |

Five minutes with … an Operation Vacation couple

Andrew Zenobi and Katina M. Telles

Name: Andrew Zenobi, 23, and wife, Katina M. Telles, 26

Branch of the military: Both Andrew and Katina are in the Army. Andrew is part of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team 4th Infantry Division, while Katina is part of the 43rd Sustainment Brigade.

Family: The couple was married on March 3, 2009. Katina recently found out that she is pregnant with their first child.

Where is your hometown?

Katina: Los Lunas, New Mexico

Andrew: Sarasota, Florida

When and why did you join the military?

Katina: I joined two years ago to serve my country.

Andrew: I joined the Army about three years ago. I just joined because there was a war going on and I figured that each generation gets their one chance to go to war, and I figured that I would take my chance.

Did you and Katina meet in the military?

Andrew: Yes.

How did you meet?

Andrew: We just met through a mutual friend of ours.

How long did you know each other before you got married?

Andrew: Three years.

What did you do before joining the military?

Katina: Before I was working retail, living in Colorado.

Andrew: I worked for Tropicana Orange Juice as a mechanic.

What do you do in the military?

Katina: I am a secretary for the brigade commander.

Where have you been deployed?

Andrew: I was deployed to Mosul, Iraq, from December of ’07 to February of ’09.

What was your experience in Iraq like?

Andrew: It’s hard to explain. In Mosul it started off pretty bad but I felt accomplished because I could see the results of my actions directly. It was such a bad place to start out.

What military experience most surprised you?

Katina: Just how close everyone is. It’s more so in the Army. Even if we are not close friends, we would still do anything for each other just being in the military.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Katina: Spend time with Andrew.

Andrew: Mostly, since I’ve been back, I hang out with my wife and I’ll watch TV. And we have a date night each week, so we do that.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Katina: A teacher.

Andrew: A doctor or a scientist when I was really young. When I started getting older, the end of elementary, I wanted to be in the Army.

What are you going to do after the military service is over?

Katina: I’m going to school right now so I can teach when I get out of the Army.

Andrew: My contract is up in June. And I’m going to go to school to be an X-ray technician.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received:

Katina: An elementary teacher told me, “To not eat the elephant whole, but one bite at time.” It’s kind of silly but, it really helps.

Andrew: You can’t control what everyone else does, only what you do.

What are you looking forward to doing while in Glenwood Springs?

Katina: Relaxing.

Andrew: A helicopter flight.

Tell our readers something about you or your family that not very many people know.

Katina: We are a religious family and it keeps us close to one another.

Andrew: My wife said for me to say how charming I am with her. Because not everyone knows that about me.

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