Who is Fernando Lujan
Fernando Lujan is a U.S. Army Special Forces Officer and Foreign Area Specialist. He most recently served with the State Department as a member of the U.S. negotiating team seeking a political settlement in Afghanistan.
He served for 23 years in the military and deployed with special operations units to the Middle East, South Asia, and Latin America. His articles on Afghanistan and irregular warfare have appeared in a number of notable newspapers.
Fernando is well-known as the husband of Brianna Keilar, an Australian-born American journalist. Keilar’s career is very important to her, but family comes first. She now sees the news through a very different lens than she did before meeting Fernando because she is now a military spouse.
Fernando Lujan Age
Lujan is around 44 years old as of 2022. He was born in 1978 – 1979 in the United States.
Fernando Lujan Education
Lujan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics from West Point, and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he is studying how rival states strategically use social media to further their foreign policy goals in developing nations.
Fernando Lujan Wife
Lujan is married to Brianna Keilar. Her marriage to Lujan is her second marriage. Keilar met him at the White House, during a post-work happy hour and the rest is history.
Proposal and Wedding
Fernando proposed to his wife on July 4, 2016. He carefully designed the ideal ring with a jeweler abroad before he proposed. Keilar said that Lujan had planned to pop the question earlier than he did.
He wanted to propose in the presence of families from both sides so that they could celebrate together, but he had to postpone his plans because Keilar’s mom passed away in May 2016. The couple married on December 30, 2016. The marriage was announced on December 31, 2016, during CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live.
They were privileged to be accompanied by close relatives and friends, some of whom traveled all the way from Somalia and Afghanistan, for their Las Vegas wedding. The efforts made to recognize Fernando’s military service were much appreciated by Keilar.
They sought online for a military wedding cake where the groom topping the cake was wearing an appropriate representation of his uniform since Fernando looked gorgeous in his military uniform.
Friends from high school and West Point served as his groomsmen. The majority of guests remained for an extra day to usher the new year of 2017 with them because it was the day before New Year’s Eve.
Fernando Lujan Children
Antonio Allen Martinez Lujan, the couple’s first child, was born on June 8, 2018. Fernando was in Japan when his wife went into labor, but he still managed to arrive home on time for the special moment although with just 40 minutes to spare.
Allen is their only child together. However, Lujan has an older son, named Teddy from his previous marriage. Teddy was very excited to meet his younger brother.
Fernando Lujan Net Worth
Lujan has an estimated net worth of $450,000. He has generated a sustainable livelihood from his work as a U.S. Army Special Forces Officer and Foreign Area Specialist.
Brianna Keilar’s First Marriage
Keilar was initially married to Dave French. They married on May 2, 2009. They later divorced. Although the exact date of their divorce is unknown, it is understood that they were together in marriage for at least a year.
How Are Fernando and Keilar Coping With Their Marriage
Fernando Lujan and his wife are pursuing two very different careers. As a military wife, Keilar says that nowadays she has a very deeper understanding on the news now that she is married to a military man.
For instance, the reality of what a conflict with an uncertain nuclear power could mean for her family and their friends, is the first thing that enters her mind while she is reporting on North Korea.
She feels that this makes her job much more emotionally demanding but also helps her be a better news reporter. She is forced to step outside her comfort zone as she discusses international affairs.
You might wonder how the couple manages to spend their time together considering the fact that Fernando spends most of his time away from home. Technology has been a big asset in helping them manage their separation.
They are able to communicate in real time thanks to FaceTime and Skype. This enables him to continue being a consistent part of their lives. They also use SnapChat so that we may share funny videos with each other.