Happiest of homecomings

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After having spotted his dad from his workgroup in the back of his preschool room at Assumption, Camrin Colunga, 5, must have shouted "Daddy" and "I can't believe it" at least 5 times as he made his way through classmates to charge full speed into the arms of his dad, US Army Sgt Pedro Colunga, kneeling. Sgt. Colunga surprised his son at school Thursday afternoon just before class let out after having flown into Walla Walla from deployment in Korea. With two previous tours of duty in Iraq and finishing off his second tour in Korea, Sgt. Colunga has been deployed nearly half of Camrin's life.

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Back by the shelf that held the Betty Spaghetti bin and other toys, Sgt. Pedro Colunga gives his son an Army kiss, Sir after Camrin had led him to the back of the room to show the work he had been doing and introduce him to his friends. Sgt. Colunga has been deployed nearly half of Carmin's life with two tours of duty in Iraq and in the process of finishing his second in Korea.

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Five-year-old Camrin Colunga gives his dad, Sgt. Pedro Colunga, and army embrace at the surprise visit at his Assumption preschool class Thursday afternoon just prior to the end of the school day.

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Five-year-old Camrin Colunga's face lights up like 4th of July fireworks as he first hears his mom, Shayna Colunga, call out "Look up, Camrin" to get his attention and then spots his dad, US Army Sgt. Pedro Colonga standing next to his mom and little sister Juliet. Camrin repeatedly shouted, "Daddy" and "I can't believe it" as he stood, raced through classmates and slammed a great big hug into his open-armed Army dad.

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After the excitement of the surprise subsided, dad and son shared a quiet moment with hand-in-hand hugs. Sgt. Pedro Colunga has been deployed nearly half of his son Camrin's life with two tours of duty in Iraq and finishing up his second tour in Korea. Sgt. Colunga surprised his son at his Assumption Preschool Thursday afternoon shortly before classes let out for the day. He had arrived at the Walla Walla airport just 30 minutes prior.

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US Army Sgt Pedro Colunga arrives quietly with his wife and daughter at his son's Assumption preschool class for a surprise visit.

Five-year-old Camrin Colunga's face lights up like Fourth of july fireworks as he first hears his mom, Shayna Colunga, call out "Look up Camrin" to get his attention and then spots his dad, U.S. Army Sgt. Pedro Colunga standing next to his mom and little sister Juliet. Camrin repeatedly shouted, "Daddy" and "I can't believe it" as he stood, raced through classmates and slammed a great big hug into his open-armed Army dad, who had arrived home about a half-hour earlier from deployment.

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