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Spokane Airman makes surprise Christmas homecoming

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SPOKANE, Wash. -  Master Sergeant John Kelley's homecoming has been a long time coming.

He was supposed come home on Thanksgiving, but when some staff changes happened, he volunteered to stay in Korea for another month.

MSgt. Kelley was rescheduled to come home on Christmas Day, but recently found out he could come home a few days early to surprise his family. 

When MSgt. Kelley arrived at the Spokane International airport, he was greeted with hugs and laughs from family and friends.

"When I have something I want to talk about with my best friend I don't have to wait until he's awake in Korea to Facetime him or Facebook him. I can actually call him up and we can meet up and have a drink," said Robert Zeug, one of MSgt. Kelley's best friends.

The schedule change was the perfect opportunity for MSgt. Kelley to surprise his wife and kids.

"His wife still thinks he's going to be here Christmas Day so what we did is we arranged with her to meet her at the Longhorns so we can talk about the details of him coming home for Christmas," said John Bujosa, MSgt. Kelley's step dad.

At first, when the crew arrived at the restaurant, MSgt. Kelley's wife Sarah only saw her husband's step dad and best friend walk in. Soon after, she quickly saw her husband behind them.

"I was clueless. Absolutely clueless," said Sarah Kelley.

"I went ahead and got my orders and tickets and let my family know and said, 'Hey I want to surprise her so don't say anything.' This has been a tough one because there's been a couple times I thought she was going to figure it out," said MSgt. John Kelley.

This year, Sarah says she got the best Christmas present ever.

"Just having each other home together. All of our kids, all of our little boys get to be with dad this year," said Sarah Kelley.
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