Brian Spradling, a native of Arizona, married Akiko Sato from Sendai, Japan, Feb. 10, 2009. Brian joined the U.S. Air Force after graduating Mingus Union High School in 1994. He is an E-7 Master Sergeant in the Air Force (June 2009). He is an F-16 Avionics systems specialist who has been stationed in Alaska, Korea, Italy and currently living in Japan where he and Akiko met. Akiko is native to Semdai, Japan, who was a foreign exchange student in high school. After high school, she once again traveled to the United States to attend San Jose State College in California. She graduated San Jose with a bachelor's degree in social work.