Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and his wife Stephanie made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan to meet with troops and speak with Afghan leaders to assure continued support during the transition of power in U.S.

In a Facebook post, Carter shared that a member of his staff that made the trip with the team surprised his girlfriend, identified as Lauren, who is currently deployed to Afghanistan, with a proposal.

When the sailor said yes, the man, identified by Carter only as “Eric”, laughed and said, “Oh, thank god!”