Deployed Airman Surprises Kids With Early Return Home

LAS VEGAS -- Air Force pilot Scott Powell returned home three weeks early from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, surprising his children at school.

Two hours after landing in Las Vegas, Maj. Powell surprised 11-year-old daughter Jordan at her school with a hug.

"I think he's a really good hero," Jordan said as she cried. "He's been an awesome father to me and I just love him so much."

Powell then went to surprise 9-year-old son, Aaron.

"I just couldn't believe my eyes that he was coming home early," Aaron said after welcoming his father home with a big hug.

"What's up, buddy?" Powell said as he hugged and kissed his son. "I missed you."

"I missed you, too," Aaron said.

Powell said the most difficult part of his deployment wasn't flying aircraft on missions around the world – it was being away from his family.

"It's so good to see my kids, to surprise them like this," Powell said. "It's awesome to be home, see my kids again. It's hard to explain, just because it's all happened so quickly, but it's definitely nice to be home."

Powell said he is retiring from the Air Force in four months and plans to take a vacation with his family now that he is home for good.


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