Amber Kirchner was raised in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, and moved to the Twin Cities for college. Amber joined the Army Reserves in 1996 while still in high school for an 8 year commitment. In 2003, while Amber was at the University of Minnesota, she was deployed to Iraq with the 477th Medical Co (GA) based in Duluth. Prior to leaving, she married her fiancé, Matt Spencer, in an impromptu ceremony just days before she was deployed.
In Iraq, Amber spent her time at the 31st CSH in the Greenzone, in Baghdad, Iraq, in the Patient Administration Division in the ER. She returned home in January 2005, and finished her degree in mortuary science.
Amber and Matt now live in Grand Forks, ND, and have 2 beautiful girls.