Military/Veteran profile: Sean Buckner and Sarah LeMire

Sarah LeMire in Baghdad, 2005

Sarah LeMire graduated from UMSI in April 2012, while husband Sean Buckner is graduating in December 2012. Both are veterans. Here is their story, in their words:

"Military service has been a family affair for us.  We both joined the Army in January 2002, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, and were sent for military intelligence and Arabic language training.  We met just after Basic training, when we both began Arabic class at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California.

"After completing our language and military intelligence schooling, we were married in 2004.  In 2005, Sarah deployed to Iraq as an Arabic translator and Sean worked stateside providing military operational support as an Arabic and Spanish translator.

"Sarah served her combat tour in Baghdad and shortly after returning home in 2006 was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant.  Sean reenlisted in the Army and in early 2008, while both of us were working on Masters’ degrees at the University of Utah, he was deployed to Afghanistan.

"Sean spent nearly a year in Eastern Afghanistan serving as an intelligence operative and upon returning home to Utah, he resumed his Arabic and Spanish language support for the Army.

"In 2010, having each completed their Master’s degree, we moved to Ann Arbor where Sarah, a Michigan grad, fulfilled her longtime goal of enrolling at the School of Information to become a librarian.

"After learning more about UMSI and discovering his own interest in the study of information, Sean left his full-time military work in 2011 to follow Sarah’s lead in enrolling at UMSI.

"Sarah graduated from UMSI in April of 2012 and is now a librarian at the University of Utah’s Marriott Library, where she works actively with the student veteran population on campus.  Sean is set to graduate from UMSI in December of this year and will soon return to Salt Lake City where he remains an active member of the Utah Army National Guard and holds the rank of Sergeant First Class.

"We are grateful to have received an education at the University of Michigan. We both take pride in our service, and we commend and thank the many veterans and service members who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice so much on all of our behalf every day.”

Buckner at UMSI