Stephanie Tellez graduated from basic military training from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, on Dec. 6, 2013. She enlisted in the United States Air Force on Dec. 12, 2012.

She is a graduate of Newton High School, class of 2009, and Hutchinson Community College, class of 2011, with an associate's degree of science. She made the vice principal's honor roll numerous times. She worked at Rescare Newton for several years prior to deployment.

Her family includes parents, Xiomara Tellez and Ruben Tellez; siblings, Denny Tellez and Joana Tellez; sister-in-law, Ninfa Estefania Lopez; nephews, Giovani Daniel Tellez and Damian Daniel Tellez; and nieces, Xiomara Mariexandra Tellez, Aarryah Danae Tellez and Asia Tellez.