Col. Andre’ L. Wiley, an operations director assigned to 335th Signal Command, surprised his daughter during her 16th birthday by showing up at her high school on December 19th. He wad deployed for one year in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
“My husband, Craig, came home and surprised all his family. He was gone for 6 months doing training in Missouri, and we told his family he couldn’t make it for Christmas. He was trying to come home for recruiter’s assistance and we got his final orders right before Thanksgiving. We had a party at his sister’s house when he surprised everybody. Nobody from his family knew he was coming besides me and his friends. It was quiet a surprise for his mom, since she thought she would not see him until June next year!”
“Teresa (Tiki) is 18 years old and just graduated high school. She’s the youngest of 8 children. Her entire high school career has been taking care of Irene (Granny). Irene has had multiple surgeries, multiple week long hospital stays, and requires constant care by someone in the family. Due to Tiki being available so much during high school, she dropped out of most extracurricular activities to help take care of Granny.
Well, she enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and you can imagine the sadness that comes for anyone in the family when the youngest and most helpful sibling has to leave home for anything. This is the first time she’s been away from the family. She just graduated boot camp and began A-Schooling in Texas.
My uncle paid to have her fly into Orlando. I (her brother) picked her up from the airport. We always have a small family gathering at some restaurant, and this was Granny’s favorite place to go (Golden Corral).
The rest is in the video. Merry Christmas.”