Iowan gets surprise he will never forgetUPDATED 7:57 AM HST Sep 30, 2013Video Transcript
DRIVING IN TO TOWN AGAIN TODAY. IT'S REALLY NICE TO BE BACK HOME."1:23ish This soldier is about to give one member of his family ... a surprise to remember! Homecoming in Winterset.. just got a little sweeter.. for one unsuspecting 7th grader. KCCI's Meredith Garman takes us to a surprise reunion at Winterset Junior High! 1:13 specialist Dylan Martin "PRETTY EXCITED." after about 10 months, Specialist Dylan Martin returned home from his first deployment in Afghanistan...but he has one more mission to complete... 1:32-1:34 I ALWAYS WANTED TO SUPRISE MY BROTHER SINCE HE WAS YOUNGER." A top secret homecoming no one will soon forget.... 1:41 "MOST TIME NOW A-DAYS EVERYBODY HAS INTERNET...WHEN PEOPLE ARE COMING HOME...CAN REALLY SURPRISE IT.1:45" With help from a few family members and Winterset Junior High staff, a weekly school assembly was about to be anything but ordinary. 1:46ish "IT ALL WORKED OUT PERFECTLY THAT I COULD DO THIS."1:49 Anticipation was building for Dylan, 2:07 PRETTY EXCITED, I'M READY TO GO GET 'EM." While younger brother Gavin, just a few classrooms away, was gearing up to give a speech about a recent phone call he had with his big brother in Afghanistan. 2:18-2:19 I WANT TO SEE IF I CAN GET HIM TO CRY." 2:26-2:27 "I'LL PROBABLY TEAR UP NO LIE." A pep assembly on the Friday of Homecoming is already exciting, but the students filling this auditorium had no idea was coming next... NATS OF GAVIN COMING TO THE STAGE 16:40ish As 12 year old Gavin Milledge stood on stage telling his classmates about his big brother's over- seas mission.. 18:08 HE DOESN'T KNOW WHEN HE'S GOING TO GET BACK... and hoping he'd be home soon. Gavin had no idea how soon. 18:33 "HELLO, GAVIN! CHEERS...18:50ish spc. Martin "IT'S GOOD TO BE HOME." 22:58-22:59 "I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY." 23:05 I REALLY THOUGHT I WAS JUST GIVING A SPEECH." 23:17 23:19 "I JUST WASN'T EXPECTING IT AT ALL 23:23 IT'S JUST AWESOME. 25:52 -25:55 GAVIN "I WAS SPEECHLESS, I JUST WANTED TO GIVE HIM A HUG." With the secret finally out, the happy homecoming can officially begin. 24:47-24:48 SPC. DYLAN MARTIN "IT WAS RELIEF ONCE I GOT TO SEE HIM." 24:58-25:00 "HE CAUGHT EYE CONTACT WITH ME...IT WAS A GREAT FEELING." 25:07 "I DIDN'T THINK IT WOULD BE AS HEART RACING AS IT WAS. 25:10" And now mom can breath a sigh of relief... 28:17 mom Beth Milledge "IT'S BEEN A VERY HARD SECRET, B/C WE'VE KNOWN FOR ABOUT 10 DAYS." 29:27:29:29 "I WAS SO RELEIVED AND I'M SO HAPPY HE'S HOME. 31:06-31:08 GAVIN WILL NEVER FORGET THIS, HE JUST WON'T." Gavin and big brother Dylan are going to enjoy time together and plan to play catch, while enjoying some homecoming festivities!