December 11, 2013 | Vol.53 N.49

Preschooler gets birthday surprise

Natylie Socks turned four-years-old on Dec. 8, but she got an early birthday surprise on Dec. 4 when her dad, Airman Jonathan Socks, surprised her at the Early Learning Center (ELC).

Socks had been deployed on the USS Nimitz for the past nine months, and had just flown in from Hawaii the morning of Dec. 4. 

Socks didn't notice her dad when he first walked into the gym at the ELC. It wasn't until he called her name that she began looking around the room. Once she spotted him, she was rooted in place and began to cover her eyes and cry. Her teacher brought her over to her dad and they shared a long embrace. Sock's only words, "Hi, Daddy." 

Welcome home, Airman Socks!

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