It was a plan six months in the making.
When Lt. Col Chad Miller was deployed to Columbia he started dreaming of a creative way to surprise his family back home.
The F-16 instructor pilot has deployed over 20 times in his 24-year career with the Air Force. This latest 6-month stint had him training Colombian pilots in modern day guerrilla tactics.
He left behind his wife, Stacie, and his three children: an 18-year-old freshman at Texas A&M University, a 13-year-old daughter and a 7-year old son who attend the Geneva School of Boerne.
For his return, he decided to surprise not only his wife, but two of his children at school Friday.
Miller came home early and surprised Stacie Thursday when he coordinated with her coworkers. The two then worked with the school to surprise their two kids at school.
The school held a special assembly Friday under the disguise of praying for the military overseas, with Miller's son, Jack, leading the prayer and his daughter, Shelby, also on stage.
When the two looked up, there was their father.
"It was funny because they were shocked at first because they looked at me if I was a ghost," Miller said.
Air Force deployments range from four to 12 months depending on the mission requirements, according to AirForce.com. Airmen also have the possibility of deployment every 20 months.
Be sure to tune in to KENS 5 Eyewitness News at 6 p.m. to catch the heartwarming reunion.