Military Father Surprises Kids At Hatboro-Horsham School

HORSHAM TOWNSHIP, PA —He was in hiding, kept away from his two children for a day.

Evelyn and Jackson Unger had no idea their father Dustin was home from deployment overseas until he popped out onto the stage from behind his kids during an assembly at Hallowell Elementary School. Watch the video on the Hatboro-Horsham School District page here.

“He came in on Sunday, so hiding him and keeping it from the kids was all part of the journey,” their mother Tara Unger, a recess assistant at the school, told Patch Tuesday.

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Tech Sgt. Dustin Unger has served in the military for 19 years and enlisted in the New Jersey Air National Guard. After his sixth overseas deployment in Saudi Arabia, he returned home and surprised his two kids, Evelyn and Jackson, who are in fourth and first grade at Hallowell Elementary School.

This was Dustin’s first deployment overseas with children and he was very excited to surprise them at their favorite place, Hatboro-Horsham School District officials said.

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On Monday, the school held an assembly for students to learn about the military and that during Kindness Week in February (the week of the 12th), the students will be writing letters and making care packages for the military.

During the assembly, Principal Steve Glaize pulled the two Unger children up on stage to surprise them with their dad.

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Dustin Unger serves as an Aircraft Armament Technician and has been in Saudi Arabia since early fall.

His sixth time overseas, Unger has also been deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. He is eligible for promotion to Master Sergeant later this year.

(Photo Courtesy of Tara Unger) The Unger family poses for a picture around Halloween.

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