It was a reunion 18 months in the making.
Preschooler Aurora Allen thought news crews were visiting her school Wednesday to film her for being named Fair Park Early Childhood Center's student of the week.
But really, it was to see her reunited with her father, Sgt. William Allen, who's been on a tour in South Korea for a year and half.
"It had been planned for a long time and to see the plan finally come together, it's amazing," said Sgt. Allen. "It's a lot of emotion. It's joy that I'm home. It's amazing to see how much she has grown."
Sgt. Allen said his daughter had no idea he was returning and thinks the fact he's here to stay - hasn't quite sunk in yet.