FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Sept. 26, 2012) — Many mothers excitedly announce their daughter’s upcoming marriage on Facebook. For Lisa Yenter, the wife of Fort Leonard Wood commander Maj. Gen. Mark Yenter, her Facebook announcement of a possible marriage might get more attention than most.
Yenter’s daughter, Linsday Yenter, is one of 24 contestants in the upcoming season of ABC’s television romance reality series, “The Bachelor.” Yenter said the series is currently being taped and her daughter has been strictly cautioned not to tell anyone what will happen in the shows since they won’t air until January.
Keeping things confidential is nothing new for Yenter, whose husband heads the post which contains the Army Engineer School, Military Police School, and CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) School. The Yenters have more than three decades of experience with the Army; the general’s most recent overseas service included a tour of duty in Afghanistan where he was the commander of Corps of Engineers operations in that country. The spouses of senior military leaders routinely volunteer in various capacities, and Lisa Yenter has been highly involved in community activities.
Lindsay Yenter’s online presence appears to have been “scrubbed” — not unusual for reality show contestants, and a common practice for soldiers in sensitive deployments — but a general’s wife doesn’t have strict social media restrictions. Just this morning, Lisa Yenter urged her Facebook friends to “like” her daughter’s picture on the ABC website (which can be done at this link: http://abc.go.com/shows/the-bachelor/photo-details/the-bachelorettes/1019280/1020650 ), said she is “soooo excited” about her daughter’s selection as a romance reality show contestant, and will be having a “premiere party” when the pre-recorded show’s episodes begin to broadcast in January.
Yenter’s online profile at ABC Entertainment includes her answers to three questions:
Would you describe yourself more as "the party-starter," "the wingman," or "the laid back one"?
I honestly thing I am a bit of all three but if I must pick one I am "the party starter." It is important to me that everyone has fun :).
What's your worst date memory?
I got sent on a blind date with an old man!
What is the most romantic present you have given? Why?
I made my ex-boyfriend a drawing book when he studied abroad becauese he loves to draw. He loved it!
Like her father, who was commissioned into the Army in 1981 through the ROTC program, and her mother who graduated with a degree in social work, Lindsay Yenter attended the University of Nevada at Reno. Her father’s military career has taken the family all over the United States while serving at various Army installations, in addition to military deployments to Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. A tough soldier whose current focus includes combating improvised explosive devices, Lindsay Yenter’s father’s prior service includes time in special operations work including Delta Force and as an engineer in the 82nd Airborne Division.
Lindsay Yenter graduated from a high school outside Fort Bragg in North Carolina before her father was promoted to become the commander of Fort Leonard Wood. She has a younger brother, Marcus Yenter, who is a Washington Redskins football fan like his father.
Like Lindsay Yenter, her potential suitor, Sean Lowe, 28, loves football. His name was announced Tuesday by the ABC network; he was a former participant and fan favorite in the spinoff “Bachelorette” television romance show, and now owns an upscale custom furniture business in his home state of Texas after graduating from Kansas State University where he played football as a linebacker on an athletic scholarship.
If Yenter and Lowe “hit it off,” dates on “The Bachelor” program typically include a visit to Yenter’s hometown, which isn’t always clear for a military family. While the Yenters now live on post at Fort Leonard Wood, previous communities which might qualify as “hometowns” have included Fayetteville, N.C., outside Fort Bragg, and the hometown of Lindsay Yenter’s parents in Reno, Nevada, where other relatives still live.