Valdosta, GA -- October 7, 2011 --
Everyday students across the country are forced to cope with family members being deployed overseas.
5 year old Zachary Sorrell attends Quitman Elementary School in Georgia.
The school is 40 miles from Moody Air Force Base where his dad is stationed.
His dad, Staff Sergeant Tyler Sorrell, is deployed in Djibouti, Africa; he's been there since June.
The United States military is deployed in more than 150 countries around the world.
That's nearly four-hundred-thousand soldiers, amounting to nearly a third of the military's might.
That can be difficult for boys like Zachary who can only speak to his father through Skype.
But on a cool Friday afternoon in his kindergarten class, Zachary never expected his father to come walking through the door.
SSGT Sorrell calls out his son's name in class.
Zachary stumbles uttering the word 'daddy'.
SSGT Sorrell pulls his son into his arms.
"I came home early," he whispers.
Then Zachary sits down at the kindergarten table with the SSGT.
But titles mean nothing to Zachary in this moment.
He's just glad to have his best friend with him to share some cake.
SSGT Sorrell says he wanted to surprise his son because his father did the same for him at that age, and he never forgot it.