Third-grader didn't know father had returned from Afghanistan

Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 11:51 PM.

“Because this is my third coming home, the last two deployments I’ve tried to do it just to be spontaneous,” he said. “This is the first one that I’ve actually gotten home in time to actually do it, so I wanted to do it.”

Miller has spent the last eight months in Afghanistan and Qatar with the Cherry Point-based Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2. Miller was one of about 100 with VMAQ-2 to return home on Tuesday.

Miller works as an electrician on the EA-6B Prowler, but to his son, dad’s role is much more interesting.

“He’s a Marine. He helps people stay alive by getting them food and water,” the third-grader said.

Returning was emotional for the father.

“When we were walking down the hall, I really didn’t know how to feel or what I was going to do when I came in because I didn’t know what he was doing,” Miller said. “But every thought was running through my head trying to figure out how I felt. What I was going to do? I ended up just winging it I guess.”

Wife Melissa Miller thought she had ruined the surprise at one point.

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