An Air Force major was reunited with his family after surprising his children at school today in D’Iberville.
The military dad has been serving our country for nearly a year overseas.
News 25’s Gina Tomlinson shows us the heart-warming home-coming from Harrison County.

“1…2…3…open your eyes!”
“Their dad has been gone for ten months..”
Clare Gautreaux, daughter, says,”I didn’t know at all…It was really shocking I’m really happy…”.
17-year-old Clare Gautreaux was brought to tears when her father Steve Gautreaux surprised her and her brother at D’Iberville high school….the two hugging their dad for the first time in nearly a year, in front of Clares ROTC class mates.
Steve Gautreaux says, “it’s wonderful to see them in anyway but to be able to surprise them like that, it makes me really happy to show how special our family is.”
The four other children in the Gautreux family go to north Woolmarket elementary… They were reunited with their dad on stage during lunch.
Ellie Gautreaux, excitedly says, “My daddy came home”.

And daughter Anna explains, “me and my dad are very close so I was very happy to see him again.”
Gautreaux was gone for close to ten months deployed near Syria, serving our country as a health-care provider with the united states air force.
“Doing the work is hard but this is much much harder, being away from family,” Gautreaux explains.
Now the kids are on spring break and they get to share a special two weeks reunited as a’s what they plan to do.
Ellie, more than excited, says ”that we get to play board games together”
And his son Thoomas,”i really want to do the roleplay we’ve been doing with dungeons and dragons,” he said.
“Hang out with him definitely!” said Clare.
And it’s clear what’s at the top of this military dad’s agenda during his short break from the service.
“My family of course. Everything else just fails in comparison. Just being here with my wife and my kids.”
A happy homecoming just in time for Easter.
In Harrison County, Gina Tomlinson news 25.

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