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Operation Vacation

The Aspen Yacht Club is pleased to share our slice of paradise with Sam and Cassie Cude. We have the utmost respect and gratitude for those serving the military and hope the weekend they spend with us, sailing on Ruedi Reservoir, will be enjoyable and memorable.

Ernest Kollar

Commodore, 2010

Aspen Yacht Club

Name and age: Sam (32) and Cassie (28)

Branch of the military: Army

Family: Kids names and ages? Katie (10) and Jimmy (9)

When and why did you join the military? Sam enlisted in 1996 as a Cavalry Scout. Cassie enlisted in 2005. Both were fulfilling lifelong dreams of wearing the uniform and serving their country.

What is your job in the military? Sam is an all source intelligence technician and Cassie is an ammunition sergeant.

What did you do before joining the military? Sam joined the Army directly after high school. While in high school, he worked at Tracy Aviary with their education birds. Cassie was studying psychology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Where have you been deployed? Sam has been deployed to Kuwait and Afghanistan. He’s headed to Iraq in the fall. Cassie has been to Iraq.

What was your deployment experience like? Being submerged in a Third-World country and their culture has given us both a new appreciation for our country and our families. Since returning from our respective deployments, we try to live each day like we deploy the next.

What military experience most surprised you? Meeting each other. Neither one expected to meet their mate in this adventure.

What do you like to do in your spare time? We enjoy being outdoors and spending time with our two Siberian huskies and our children.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Sam and I both wanted to be soldiers from a very young age.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

1) don’t sweat the small stuff

2) everything’s small stuff

What are you looking forward to doing while in Glenwood Springs? Spending time at the Aspen Yacht Club with some really great people.

What are your future plans in the military? Sam is going to be in the Army until they tell him to go home, and Cassie is studying to be a pilot.

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