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Army Capt. Ryan Bromenschenkel, a soldier assigned to the 313th Rear Operations Center in Kaiserslautern, Germany, poses for a photo with wife Michaela Saturday at a Café in Ramstein Village. Bromenschenkel was chosen as Redbook Magazine’s “hottest husband” for December. Come January, Redbook staff will post 30 finalists on its Web site, redbookmag.com, where readers can vote for the overall hottest husband.

Army Capt. Ryan Bromenschenkel, a soldier assigned to the 313th Rear Operations Center in Kaiserslautern, Germany, poses for a photo with wife Michaela Saturday at a Café in Ramstein Village. Bromenschenkel was chosen as Redbook Magazine’s “hottest husband” for December. Come January, Redbook staff will post 30 finalists on its Web site, redbookmag.com, where readers can vote for the overall hottest husband. (Ben Bloker / S&S)

RAMSTEIN, Germany — Michaela Bromenschenkel would probably make a pretty good talent agent in Hollywood.

At least for her husband, Army Capt. Ryan Bromenschenkel.

Thanks to her, the captain was selected as Redbook magazine’s Hottest Husband for December. His picture and profile were posted this week on Redbookmag.com.

“He keeps saying ‘I can’t believe you did this,’ but I think he likes it,” said Michaela Bromenschenkel, 32, who has a nursing license and runs a day-care business. “No matter where we go, Ryan is the center of attention. I like to stay in the background, but when he’s around people he just blossoms.”

Last year, she encouraged him to enter the German version of “American Idol.” The officer, who occasionally sings at local bars, even made the first cut.

“I’m just the object in this game,” said the 31-year-old captain with the 313th Rear Operations Center at Ramstein. “She does all this kind of stuff. I just roll my eyes and say, ‘Oh my God, here we go again.’

“I think she’s got a second career as a (talent) manager,” he said laughing. “That’s what she should be doing.”

The Bromenschenkels, who celebrate their second anniversary next summer, are now waiting to find out if he will be chosen as one of 30 finalists for the magazine’s Hottest Husband 2007 contest. Online voters will determine the winner of the overall contest.

That’s when Michaela Bromenschenkel’s public relations machine would really kick into high gear, she said.

She’s already sent out mass e-mailings about his December title and “if he makes (the finals), we’ll really get the word out to all our friends and family so they can vote for him. I think he’s going to go all the way.”

But, she said, “I nominated Ryan because I think he’s the hottest inside and out.”

Though the couple has no children, Ryan is very much a family man, always helping with his nieces and nephews, she said. What’s more, he treats his wife like a queen and makes her smile.

“I couldn’t ask for a better husband,” she said. “And he’s just so funny. … We always have a good time no matter what we’re doing.”

That’s exactly the kind of guy Redbook is considering when selecting finalists, said Jeanie Kim, Redbook deputy editor.

“It’s about more than just hotness,” she said this week from her office in New York. “The guys we look for are not only hot but are the kind of guys that we’d all like to be married to.”

Magazine editors now are sorting through 1,800 entries and will announce the finalists later this month after which there will be a few weeks of voting. Monthly contest winners do not automatically make the final cut. The grand prize is a trip for two to Tahiti.

“The wonderful thing is reading all these entries from thousands of women who think they have the greatest husbands in the world,” Kim said. “It’s heartwarming. It’s nice to know that there are all these really great guys out there.”


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