UPDATE: CNN featured this story on HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade!
After a year-long deployment to Afghanistan, a Navy Chief Petty Officer decided to surprise his wife and daughter as he returned home.
The look on her face tells the story. Enlisting the help of his father-in-law, the Chief drew his family to the Cheesecake Factory for what was supposed to be a routine family dinner.
The dinner proved to be anything but routine when the Chief, who was camouflaged by a group of servers in white uniforms, surprised his wife with himself during his surprise military reunion and homecoming!
The look on his wife’s face was priceless! She was absolutely surprised and her expression was total shock.
According to the Chief, his daughter would not likely recognize him if not for the continued effort by his wife to ensure his daughter would recognize her daddy.
With the additional benefit of video chat, this Chief Petty Officer kept in personal contact with his family every day, a luxury not previously available during previous combat deployments.