CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. – Staff Sergeant Mike Olmstead’s family anxiously awaited his arrival after being away from home for more than a year. His wife Katie and daughter Robin ran into his arms as soon as he walked off the plane.
“Saw the skyline, started tearing up and soon as I saw these two… words can’t describe it” said SSG Olmstead.
Olmstead an Army police officer was stationed in South Korea amid concerns over North Korea’s possession of Nuclear Weapons.
But SSG Olmstead still had one more mission to complete, surprising his youngest daughter Chloe at her school.
“She doesn’t thing I come home until next week sometime so yeah, this will be a surprise for her too” said Olmstead.
11 year-old Chloe though her and her 5th Grade class are going to the library to study Latin America. She had no idea that she was about to reunite with her father. School staff waited on pins and needles as her father snuck up on her.
Soldier Surprises Daughter After 14 Month Deployment (Cut 1)
Chloe exclaimed “you’re home!” as her classmates and school staff applauded the reunion.
“Yeah I was like who’s this and then I looked at him a second time and I noticed it was my dad… I was really happy cause I haven’t seen him in a long time” said Chloe.
A second video of the same event from CBS 6 Albany, New York:
CLIFTON PARK — After 14 months of being away in South Korea an early homecoming was planned for Army Staff Sargent Michael Olmstead. Just about everyone knew about his return, except for his youngest daughter, Chloe, a fifth-grader at Arongen Elementary school.
It was just another day at school for 10-year-old Chloe. She spent her afternoon in the library working on a reading project.Little did she know, her dad, Staff Sargent Michael Olmstead and his family were down the hall wrestling with the clock.
“That clock has been going slow for me for the last 14 months. The last three days especially, and today,” said SSGT. Olmstead.
The family waited anxiously until it was time. “It’s kind of nerve racking because I really don’t know how she’s going to respond, I want her to act like all the typical videos you see on YouTube where the girls get all excited and start crying and run up to him, but you never really know what to expect from Chloe, said her older sister, Robyn.
Soldier Surprises Daughter After 14 Month Deployment (Cut 2)