News Search

On bended knee at the "old ball game"

Airman 1st Class Chad Beintker embraces his fiancé Trissa Matarazzo on the field at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo.  Beintker proposed to Matarazzo before the July 2 St. Louis Cardinal’s baseball game.  Beintker recently deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Airman 1st Class Chad Beintker embraces his fiancé Trissa Matarazzo on the field at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Beintker proposed to Matarazzo before the July 2 St. Louis Cardinal’s baseball game. Beintker recently deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Scott AFB, Ill. -- Airman 1st Class Chad Beintker, a Security Forces apprentice with the 126th Security Forces Squadron and Belleville, Ill. native, had a lifetime memory he wanted to make but was having difficulty finding the right place to make it happen.

With a pending mobilization and deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom approaching, Beintker knew he was quickly running out of time and options.

The lifetime memory Beintker was foreseeing was an out-of-the-ordinary and more-than-romantic proposal to Trissa Matarazzo, his girlfriend of nearly a year.

With Matarazzo being an O'Fallon, Ill. native and both she and Beintker being avid sports fans, Beintker knew he had some common ground to work with but didn't know if his plan would find the traction it needed to become a reality.

Enter in Anne Nowak, the 126th Air Refueling Wing's Family Program Coordinator and Operation Homefront; neither party a stranger to assisting service members in need.

Going above and beyond, Operation Homefront responded quickly with tickets, field passes, and luxury suite tickets for a July 2 St. Louis Cardinal's baseball game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo.

Wanting to ensure Beintker could share his lifetime memory, tickets and passes were also included for several members of Beintker's family.

When the big day finally arrived, Beintker couldn't have asked for a more perfect scenario. With temperatures in the mid-80s and a pleasant breeze filling Busch Stadium, Beintker stood on the field with Matarazzo and his family at his side as the Cardinals took batting practice.

Beintker wanted to wait for the perfect time but didn't want the opportunity to slip by like it had once before. He had originally planned a sports-themed proposal during game five of the St. Louis Blues National Hockey League playoffs earlier in the year. But, the ill-fated Blues didn't make it to game five and the missed opportunity was still fresh in Beintker's mind.

With determination and sincerity Beintker looked up from bended knee and while the crowd and remaining Cardinal's players looked on, he asked Matarazzo for her hand in marriage. Breathing a sigh of relief, Beintker had finally made his lifelong memory.

Upon completion of the game, which the Cardinals won 5-2, Beintker and Matarazzo enjoyed a 45-minute carriage ride through downtown St. Louis, again courtesy of Operation Homefront. The carriage ride included a dozen long-stemmed roses and was the perfect ending to the perfect day.

Oh and in case you couldn't tell, she said yes!

USAF Comments Policy
If you wish to comment, use the text box below. AF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

This is a moderated forum. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, violate EEO policy, are offensive to other or similar content. We will not post comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic", promote services or products, infringe copyright protected material, or contain any links that don't contribute to the discussion. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. The AF and the AF alone will make a determination as to which comments will be posted. Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using this page. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the AF, DoD, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying AF endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Any comments that report criminal activity including: suicidal behaviour or sexual assault will be reported to appropriate authorities including OSI. This forum is not:

  • This forum is not to be used to report criminal activity. If you have information for law enforcement, please contact OSI or your local police agency.
  • Do not submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this forum. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.
  • This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

AF does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on this forum is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. AF may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. AF does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those websites that may be reached through links on our website.

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the public affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.

For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain "on-topic." This means that comments will be posted only as it relates to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post. The views expressed on the site by non-federal commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the AF or the Federal Government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, DoD ID number, OSI Case number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include personally identifiable information in your comment, such as your name, that comment may or may not be posted on the page. If your comment is posted, your name will not be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, DoD ID numbers, OSI case numbers, addresses, email address or phone numbers. The default for the posting of comments is "anonymous", but if you opt not to, any information, including your login name, may be displayed on our site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.