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Daughter Gets the Surprise of her Young Lifetime
CLIFTON PARK -- After 14 months of being away in South Korea an early homecoming was planned for Army Staff Sargent, Michael Olmstead.
Just about everyone knew about his return, except for his youngest daughter, Chloe, a fifth-grader at Arongen Elementary school.
It was just another day at school for 10-year-old Chloe. She spent her afternoon in the library working on a reading project.
Little did she know, her dad, Staff Sargent Michael Olmstead and his family were down the hall wrestling with the clock.
"That clock has been going slow for me for the last 14 months. The last three days especially and today," says SSGT. Olmstead.
The family waited anxiously until it was time.
"It's kind of nerve racking because I really don't know how she's going to respond, I want her to act like all the typical videos you see on YouTube where the girls get all excited and start crying and run up to him, but you never really know what to expect from Chloe," says older sister, Robyn.
"I'm hoping that she has a reaction, I hope she's happy," says mom, Katherine.
Staff Sargent Olmstead told CBS6 he hopes his daughter is excited to see him and not embarrassed by all of the attention.
Staff Sargent Olmstead left towards the end of 2013. He's missed birthdays, graduations and holidays with his family, but today, the missing ends.
"I'm not nervous right now, but I am sure I will be," says SSGT. Olmstead.
Chloe isn't known for tears and her Dad says she usually always has something to say, but today Chloe didn't say much, but she didn't have too.
"I was really happy to see him," says daughter, Chloe. "It was really surprising that he came here I thought he was suppose to come home on the 16th."
"She got a lot taller, she's not my little girl anymore. She's grown six inches I think," says SSGT. Olmstead.
Chloe says her Dad looks a little older, but she's okay with that, as long as he continues to grow older where he belongs: home.