Daughter gets surprise of life in classroom

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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. — The daughter of a soldier who has been fighting in Afghanistan got a special surprise.U.S. Army Staff Sergeant William Nation just got back from his almost nine-month stay in Afghanistan. It was his second tour of duty.

His first stop was his daughter’s first grade classroom at Traub Elementary in Midwest City.

Six-year-old Allie Nation had no idea her dad was coming.

Sgt. Nation coordinated his surprise with Major General Miles Deering, the Adjutant General, Oklahoma and the commander for the 45th Infantry Brigade.

Deering says, “Every one we get back is one less we have to worry about now. This little girl will remember this for the rest of her life. That her daddy surprised her when he got back from Afghanistan.”

It has been a particularly difficult deployment for the 45th; the Brigade lost 14 soldiers this deployment.

Nation tears up when he thinks about the loss.

“It’s been tough on everybody. I can’t even talk about how tough things are. Just the fact that I’m here is a miracle in itself.”

Nation and his daughter both shed tears of joy in the surprise reunion.

He made it home in time for her birthday.

Little Allie turns seven next week.

“I really missed him and he really surprised me,” she said.

Sgt. Nation has completed his service; he’s now home for good.