Sgt. Bryan Lane embraces his 4-year-old son Cody after surprising his family at Kerr Elementary Friday afternoon.
10-year-old Arianna rushes to greet her stepfather, who surprised them at Kerr Elementary Field Day after coming home from deployment in Cuba.
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -
A day full of sunshine and blue skies was made all the more beautiful Friday, when a local soldier and father surprised his children at a Bossier City elementary school after a 9-and-a-half-month deployment.
Louisiana Army National Guard Sgt. Bryan Lane arrived at Shreveport Regional airport from Fort Bliss just after noon and headed straight for Kerr Elementary, where his wife, Cassandra, their 5-year-old son Cody and his 10-year-old stepdaughter were Arianna enjoying Field Day.
"It was almost messed up, because I got to Dallas and I forgot about the time change from Ft. Bliss," Sgt. Lane says. So when he sent a text message to his wife telling her the plane had been delayed, he thought for sure the gig was up. But it all worked out. Walking out of the school building and into the sunshine, Sgt. Lane was greeted by his family for a very happy reunion.
Lane says he was attached to Military Police unit on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, conducting a detainee operations mission. This was his third deployment. He has previously done tours in Iraq as a tank crewman and in infantry.
Now that he's home again, Lane says the first thing he wants to do is whisk his wife and children off on a vacation and spend quality time with the family.