WATCH: Virginia father surprises 3 children at school after year-long deployment

The moments a Virginia father surprised his three children on their last days of school were caught on camera after he came home early from a year-long deployment to Qatar.

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Air Force Major Montanna Ewers was scheduled to return on June 13. Instead, he visited his children to share the news of his unexpected homecoming in person.

The reunion was a complete surprise for his three little ones.

FOX 5’s Tisha Lewis spoke with Major Ewers, his three children, and his wife about the moment.  


The homecoming surprise for his children went down without a hitch on the last day of school on Friday.

Major Ewers’ wife emailed FOX 5 about the surprise homecoming.  She says her children thought their dad was coming home Monday, but instead he made the surprise appearance days earlier.

The couple has three children – 6-year-old Felix, 9-year-old Vivi, and 11-year-old Phoebe.

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Aside from a quick visit halfway through deployment, this is their first time being with their dad in a year.

From here, the family says they are heading to Alaska tomorrow for Major Evers’ next assignment.

The surprise was coordinated at three different Fairfax County Public Schools —  Bailey’s School for the Arts and Sciences and Bailey’s Upper Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences, both in Falls Church and Bush Hill Elementary School in Alexandria.

There was a lot of help from teachers, faculty, staff, and administration.

The family thanked everyone and now plans to spend some quality time together before they get ready to hit the road.