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Dad deploys to Middle East, days before twin sons graduate


Bossier High School seniors Dustin and Josh Todd's father was suddenly deployed just days ago to the Middle East with the 8th Air Force. He will miss his sons' graduation ceremony in person, but thanks to small group, he won't miss the ceremony at all. 

 Bossier high school's principal has made special arrangements for the family, making sure each moment of the day is documented, to make the twin's military dad feel like he's sitting on the front row.  "Walking across that stage, getting my diploma folder and then throwing my hat up in the air," said Dustin Todd.

For years, the twins Joshua and Dustin have been looking forward to graduating from Bossier High School. But just days before the big day, their anticipation turned to disappointment. Their military father, Robert Todd, was given orders to deploy to the middle east before weeks end, missing their graduation ceremony. 

"I didn't cry or anything like that, even though I wanted to, I had to be strong for my mom," said Joshua Todd and his mother, while wiping away tears admits how hard it the situation is. Both she and her husband always imagined sitting side by side, as their twins received their diplomas.  "When he found out and told me, me and him just broke down," said Michelle.
Barksdale air force leaders understood the family's sacrifice and got in touch with school Principal David Thrash to arrange something special. "One of the requests came from the base, to see if we could do this," said Thrash. 

From the moment the twins arrive, until they throw their caps, Thrash has arranged to have every cap and gown moment documented. Yearbook students have volunteered to take pictures of the two and Thrash has given a videographer full access to follow the twins around. The principal has even arranged for their mother, Michelle to sit on stage, to skype the event to her husband.

"This is just a small token of appreciation for not only what the Todds do, but all the base families," said Thrash. Although their dad may be a world away, the family is excited knowing he will still get to experience the day along with them.

"I could not thank Mr. Thrash enough for what he's done for us," said Michelle.

Those yearbook students plan to make a collage of the twin's graduation day, to surprise the military dad, thanking him for his service.  The twins will graduate from the century link center at 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon.  

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