Barbara Abigail Kagle and Terrance James Surbella got more from the U.S. Navy than a chance to see the world.
It gave them the chance to discover each other.
Kagle, a Hamburg native, arrived in Naples, Italy, in 2011 as a lawyer and officer with the Judge Advocate General’s office. There, she met Terrance James Surbella, who was stationed there as an undersea warfare officer. Or as Kagle’s mother Bobbie put it, “He drove submarines.”
Surbella had clearly learned something about maneuvering. As Bobbie Kagle tells it, her daughter, newly arrived in Naples, was having dinner with a group of Navy personnel who socialized together. She would need to find an apartment, and another member of the group mentioned that a fourth-floor walk-up was available in her building.
With no elevator, “my daughter wasn’t sure whether she wanted to live there or not,” Bobbie Kagle said. “This young man, TJ, really talked her into it. I guess he already thought she was somebody he wanted to get to know better.” Surbella’s apartment, as it turned out, was a block away.
Once they started dating, Kagle and Surbella made the Navy slogan come true. They traveled to 25 countries before Surbella decided to leave the Navy last year, Bobbie Kagle said.
When they learned her next Navy posting would be at the Pentagon, he looked for a job that would keep him in the area. He works out of Fort Meade, for a military contractor, as a nuclear engineer, Bobbie Kagle said. Barbara Kagle’s job at the Pentagon includes occasional duties as a social aide at the White House, welcoming guests, her mother said.
Barbara Abigail “Abby” Kagle and Terrance James Surbella were married May 31 in St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill Catholic Church, Washington, D.C. Guests gathered for a reception at Top of the Town, Arlington, Va. The Rev. Patrick Riffle, of St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill Catholic Church, heard the couple’s vows.
The bride’s parents are Steven L. and Bobbie Kagle of Hamburg. The bridegroom’s parents are James and Virginia Surbella of Las Vegas.
The bride is a graduate of Frontier High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College and also earned a juris doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University.
The groom is a graduate of Ed W. Clark High School, Las Vegas. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and also earned a master’s degree in engineering management from Old Dominion University. The groom is a project manager for government programs at Open Systems International. He served in the U.S. Navy from 2004-12 as a submarine warfare officer.
After a trip to Honduras, the couple will make their home in Washington, D.C.