Martinsburg VA Medical Center
Smith and Smith wed at Martinsburg VAMC historic chapel
June 25, 2014
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – Wedding bells were ringing at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center (VAMC) historic World War II chapel this past weekend as two employees exchanged their vows.
Dr. G. Robert “Bob” Smith, and Irine Smith, BSN, RN both served in the military and are currently employed at the Martinsburg VAMC. Bob Smith is a West Point and Uniformed Services University graduate and retired as a colonel from the U.S. Army Medical Corps after 28 years. He is an ophthalmologist and the site director for the George Washington University Ophthalmology Residency Program at the medical center.
Irine Smith served six years active duty in the Air Force, six years in the Air Force Reserves and has been serving in the New Mexico Air National Guard for the past 12 years. She has been with the medical center for over a year as a critical care nurse in the Intensive Care Unit.
Their path to this wedding day began in 2010 at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico during new employee orientation. Over the next several years they endured job transfers and long distance until Bob proposed and asked Irine to move to West Virginia with him.
They started the wedding planning process, and chose the historic World War II chapel on campus. “I am a military retiree, and one day Irine will be as well,” said Bob. “We both work here and the chapel is so beautiful. It was a natural choice.”
“It is so nice to have found a man to share the exact love I have been looking for,” Irine said. “Our love reminds me of the love my parents have shown each other the 46 years that they have been together.”
Bob and Irine Smith are heroes who have served their country, served our nation’s Veterans and will now embark on the journey of serving each other. Congratulations from all of us at the Martinsburg VAMC!