Soldier returns home, surprises five kids at Badger High School

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A very special homecoming happened Monday night for a Trumbull County airman just back from the Middle East. 

The entire school district packed the gym at Badger High School Monday morning. Then the guest of honor came in, Staff Sergeant Brandon Miller, who surprised all five of his children, with the help of school leaders.

“The idea was spawned by the oldest daughter, who was adamant about being surprised,” Staff Sergeant Brandon said.

And even though it meant an extra day apart, Julianna says the surprise was worth it. 

“I saw these Youtube videos where people were surprised when they came home from deployment and I thought this was so cool, I want this to happen. So I kept on saying ‘I want to be surprised, I don’t want to know anything,'” Julianna said.

All of the kids were surprised. 

“I didn’t know it was him. Until my teacher said it was him and I just ran to him,” Ben Miller said.

“I knew it, who it was. I was just shocked, and stood still,” Gabriella Miller said.

The family says they’re glad they can catch up on lost time.

“It’s easier and better because now we can face to face,” Jacob Miller said.

And there’s news to catch up on. Oldest son Jonathan, who works for the school district, bought his own house while dad was away. 

“I’m not going to bother him too much, let him hang out with mom the most probably,” Jonathan said.

Mom Christina has Monday and Tuesday off from the school cafeteria to celebrate as well. 

“It meant a lot that they were so willing to go along with our plan,” Christina said.

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