Military dad returns from deployment, surprises kids at school

By: Noelani Mathews
October 21, 2016

MOODY A.F.B., Ga. (WCTV) -- Alexandria Aiken counts down the final moments of her husband's six month deployment.

On Friday morning, SSgt. Justin Aiken and more than 100 other airmen returned from Southwest Asia.

"It's a very emotional and overwhelming feeling," says Justin.

The only thing missing was his three biggest fans, his kids, who think their dad is still away.

He planned to surprise his daughter at Pine Grove Elementary, and his son at Pine Grove Middle.

"I'm nervous. I'm just curious about their reaction," says Justin.

After the surprise visit, everyone was shocked that their dad was finally home.

"On my mind, I was just thinking it was a dream," says Amir Aiken.

He says it's a surprise of a lifetime, after they were told he wouldn't be home until next week.

"Last night she was saying I wish it was two days away and we still have eight days," says Alexandria, talking about their daughter Olivia.

SSgt. Justin Aiken is back, and now, fulfilling his favorite service of being a father.