Parenthood
Teen poses for cheerleading photo unaware military dad snuck into it
Karlie thought her dad was still overseas, so the last thing she expected was to look up and see him.
Caryl Jane Espiritu
06.09.22

When you are in the military, it is always a struggle to leave your family, especially your kids, when you need to fulfill your duty. But, these temporary good-byes are what make the reunions even more magical.

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One military man has completed his deployment and is about to reunite with his daughter, a cheerleader.

First Lieutenant Kyle Albert from Carencro, Louisiana terribly missed his family while on deployment in Iraq since 2020. When it was finally time for him to come home, he made sure that their reunion was quite memorable.

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Instead of meeting with his daughter, Karlie, in the usual way, he decided to make it a surprise to see her reaction.

Karlie had not seen her dad since 2020, and the teen truly missed him. She was not aware that her father was about to come home, and the army man made sure Karlie remained unaware until he surprised her.

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With the help of Karlie’s mom, Candice, Kyle successfully kept his travel back home a complete secret.

Karlie’s grandmother was also in on the surprise. Just a few weeks after he informed Candice and his mom that he would be coming home, First Lieutenant Kyle Albert finally made it.

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Kyle realized that the day he came home was the day before Karlie’s cheerleading event. She is part of her high school’s cheer squad and they were scheduled to cheer at a football game.

This gave him a really great idea of how to surprise her with his arrival.

Candice coordinated with Karlie’s cheerleading coach and devised a plan to surprise her daughter. The military man decided to photobomb the cheerleading group’s photo.

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The day before the event, Karlie even went to a friend’s house to prepare for the activity. She was unaware that her family was already working in the background to give her the biggest surprise ever.

Throughout the first game, Kyle and the rest of their family hid outside the stadium.

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They were waiting for the perfect moment to surprise their beloved girl. At halftime, the cheerleaders went into position and did their thing.

Karlie was so focused on her task that she probably was too busy to notice that someone familiar was in the audience, waiting for her to notice him.

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Finally, the coach called for a group photo.

Karlie was told to step in front and sit at the front line of the group so she could be seen better in the picture. She did not know that this was all part of the plan of her family and coach who was about to give her an amazing gift.

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The team’s announcer called Karlie’s name, as well as her teammates, and told them to turn around. At that moment, Kyle came walking to his daughter’s side and said “Someone is missing”.

Karlie instantly saw her dad’s face and she jumped abruptly, looking totally shocked.

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She must have thought that she was seeing things, but she wasn’t! Her dad was really in front of her!

Karlie jumped up happily and ran towards her Dad. She hugged him tight and cried in happiness.

“I was so relieved with joy that he was home and safe,” Karlie told Happily. “With everything going on with the military in other foreign places and some kids not being able to reunite with their parents, I had been so worried about my dad not making it home.”

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The teen was so happy about the unforgettable surprise she received.

On the other hand, Kyle is also thankful and blessed to be home again with his loved ones.

“I was nervous and excited to see her as the first half of the game took forever waiting to see her. Then I felt relieved and overwhelmed when I saw her reaction. I couldn’t believe how much she had grown in a year.”

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What a heartwarming reunion! Witness the emotional surprise by watching the video below!

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By Caryl Jane Espiritu
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Caryl Jane Espiritu is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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