Navy officer surprises daughter during dance recital

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FRESNO, Calif. (WRIC) — A Naval officer who was deployed for 10 months surprised his five-year-old daughter during her dance recital by showing up unexpectedly.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Jepson was hiding with a rose in his hand before making his appearance on stage.

Five-year-old Mikaela appeared shocked when her dad came out behind the curtains.

“It feels really good,” said Jepson. “I was nervous. I didn’t want a YouTube epic fail, so I’m glad she remembered me and was happy.”

Jepson has been deployed three times in the last four years and isn’t sure how long he’ll be home this time.



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