SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE, Colo. --
Air Force officials selected 1,194 master sergeants for promotion to senior master sergeant, two of whom recently transferred into the Space Force as intelligence analysts and call each other husband and wife.
Master Sergeants Brianna and Rory Fields both serve as signal analysts by trade and have since they graduated from the same technical school 11 years ago. Following technical school, they were engaged and married a year later.
In the decade that followed the two have served in Alaska and Georgia, often times competing against each other for awards and promotion recommendations.
“We were always in the same chain of command which was hard,” said Brianna, who currently serves as the Joint Task Force-Space Defense additional duty first sergeant at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. “But I will say as competitive as I am, if I have to lose to anyone I want to lose to Rory because I know he’s an amazing analyst and senior NCO.”
Serving as a dual service couple can be challenging but it has its rewards too.
“The best reward is I get to see all of the great things my wife has accomplished and get to hear people talk about her in a positive manner,” said Rory, who currently serves as the 16th Space Control Squadron operations superintendent at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. “If I weren’t dual service, I don’t know if we would have a bond like that.”
The two were selected for promotion to senior master sergeant on their first tries and have line numbers just two apart.
“It’s incredibly exciting, and to get to share this accomplishment with Rory is probably the coolest part,” said Brianna. “It’s a huge honor to have been selected, but I’m honestly pretty shocked and a little nervous – I want to make sure I do the rank justice and do the best things I can with the new responsibility and influence.”
Her husband shares her humbleness.
“I’m still a little shocked about the whole thing,” Rory said. “It means a great deal to be selected for promotion. It comes as a statement the Space Force has faith in us to be able to develop personnel and make teams better.”
Prior to their current assignments, the two primarily served on Army bases surrounded by intelligence analysts. A leap of faith and desire to get closer to family in the West (Oregon and California) led Brianna to apply for a position with the National Space Defense Center.
“Space and this assignment was something new and something that would hopefully give us a bit of a breather from the deployed-in-place operations tempo we were experiencing,” she said. “However, after my arrival, I quickly became not only fascinated with the mission, but I also LOVED the different mix of people I got the opportunity to work with, including multiple career specialties, services and the entire intelligence community.”
This passion for space compelled both to apply and get selected to transfer into the Space Force, which they did in a ceremony in February.
“It was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” he said. “And to be able to help shape and grow a new service was a chance I couldn’t pass up.”
“The number one reason I decided to transfer to the Space Force was because I hoped to be able to shape how this new service looks and how intelligence is done in space,” she said. “I think this promotion will afford me the opportunities to shape things on a greater scale.”
While many think opposites attract, the Fields seem to be in-sync on all levels. Both are described as hard chargers by supervisors, both have filled first sergeant roles for their organizations, both are excited about the space missions they support and both are looking forward to celebrating their upcoming 10th anniversary together.
The Fields are among 13 signal analysts selected for promotion to senior master sergeant across the Air Force this cycle, and eight Guardians across different intelligence specialties.