FORT CARSON, Colo. -

Jesse Cunard didn't have any doubts.

Minutes before his girlfriend arrived on the Mountain Post with 150 of her fellow soldiers, he was prepared to make her homecoming even more special.

"I want to surprise her in the most awkward way," Cunard said.

Spc. Bethany Jensen had been in Afghanistan for six months with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.  While she was gone, Cunard said, they stayed in touch with Facebook messages and video chats.

"Physically, a very long way but emotionally and spiritually, our love was as we were together," Cunard said.

Cunard is on inactive duty reserves in the Army and the two met about two years ago at work.

"We were both in the same unit and saw each other in the halls," he said. "She helped me through a very low spot in my life."

That's why Cunard said he wasn't nervous to pop the big question in front of everyone at the Special Events Center on post.

"She couldn't really have a chance to go anywhere or run," he said with a laugh.

The only running Jensen did was into Cunard's arms. After a brief hug and kiss, Cunard got down on one knee.  She said yes.

"I was expecting him to be here but it was a little shocking that he proposed to me," Jensen said. "I was like, 'I can't believe he's actually doing it.' He actually proposed."

"Not only did I have my best friend coming home, but my soul mate," Cunard said.