A Walker Elementary student Wednesday morning received quite a surprise when his father made a pit-stop in his classroom, marking a return home from Afghanistan that was much sooner than expected.


A Walker Elementary student this morning received quite a surprise when his father made a pit-stop in his classroom, marking a return home from Afghanistan that was much sooner than expected.



First-grade students had created timelines marking their short lives' milestones, and the students explained their timelines before their classmates at the front of the classroom. However, Pedro Massa Jr., had a little help. His mother helped him read through the timeline, which ended with simply, "Daddy comes home today."



Pedro Massa Sr., of the U.S. Army's 7th Special Forces Group based south of Crestview, made an appearance at that point. His son saw him, screamed, "Daddy!" and jumped in his arms.



The elder Massa had been in Afghanistan since January. The school's principal, Jeanine Kirkland, thanked him for his service.



See the Sept. 29, 2012 Crestview News Bulletin for the full story.



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