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Dad comes back from deployment, surprises son

Spc. David Soler surprised his son when he came back from his deployment. (Source KSWO) Spc. David Soler surprised his son when he came back from his deployment. (Source KSWO)
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FORT SILL, OK (KSWO) –One hundred soldiers were reunited with their families during a ceremony at Fort Sill Monday afternoon.

The soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery were deployed to Iraq for the last nine months. The unit fired surface-to-surface missiles as part of the CENTCOM area of operations, which is responsible for security in 20 nations. Before they were released, the unit commander commended his soldiers for a job well done.

One returning soldier headed to his son’s school to give him a surprise he won’t soon forget. Specialist David Soler surprised his son, Jay, who didn't know when his dad was coming home.

Jay sat unsuspectingly in his chair, but when his dad walked into the classroom he couldn't wait to hug him.

This was Spc. Soler's second deployment, but he and his wife, Luz, decided they needed to do something special this time for their 8-year-old son.

"You see things like YouTube videos and you are wondering ‘can I ever try that?’ I saw the perfect opportunity. So, I just decided let's go ahead and go for it," Spc. Soler said.

Even though their son had a million and one questions about when dad was coming home…it all paid off.

Luz Soler says she hopes this is a memory for her son and her husband to last a lifetime.

"I am just so glad that we were able to surprise him like this, because he's going to remember this always," she said. "It's almost unbelievable that this is really happening, but I am so glad that he is home already and we get to spend a lot of time together."

The family says in about two weeks, they are going to go to Disneyland for the first time in celebration of Spc. Soler coming home.

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