OK Army National Guard soldier returns home, surprises daughter

LONE GROVE, Okla. (KXII) - After being deployed overseas for almost a year, Oklahoma Army National Guard soldier Zach Fly surprised his daughter - a kindergarten student at Lone Grove Primary Elementary School.

A plan that happened to fall on the same week as the school's "Parent Week."

Fly is one of hundreds of Oklahoma Army National Guard soldiers that returned home Tuesday.

He served as part of the Kabul Security Force - working alongside NATO allies to protect advisers and high level leadership as they moved in and around the city to talk with Afghan government officials.

"My wife served as the family readiness group president while we were gone so really hard to surprise her when she's the one coordinating all the details for the coming home ceremony," Fly said. "This one was a little easier to surprise."

"It was wonderful," Zach's wife Ashley Fly said. "I can't say more than that or I'll cry."

Fly says he's been in the Guard for nine years.

This was his second deployment to Afghanistan.

Fly says he expecting to be home for the next five years.

"You do get to come home and see the smiling faces and kids and it's always good to come home," Fly said.

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