FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - It's a homecoming nearly one year in the making.
Ohio National Guard Task Force 1:174th Air Defense (C-RAM) unit is finally home after a year long deployment in Iraq.
The battalion left last September and trained until December before heading overseas.
"It was a very challenging deployment, there was no break from the time we hit the theater in Iraq until the time we returned, 24/7," says Lt. Col. Greg Gustafan.
One of the soldiers told his son he would be Saturday instead of Friday so he could surprise him at school.
So Friday morning after reuniting with wife Chelsea and his two-year-old daughter Alayna, Staff Sgt. Isaac Nuss made a stop at Cincinnati Christian Elementary.
His son Ethan so surprised, kicking and screaming to welcome his dad home.
"Pretty emotional, it was beautiful, very beautiful," says Chelsea Nuss about watching her son reunite with his father.
"It has been something that that little boy waited for for the past year to have his daddy home and he has been talking about it every single day."
A day that finally came and is hopefully followed by weeks, months and years of father son stories.