Soldier surprises son at military style birthday party - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Soldier surprises son at military style birthday party

Posted: Updated:
The Wood's family The Wood's family
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Phoebe foundation receives donation for medical student housing

    Phoebe foundation receives donation for medical student housing

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:25:30 GMT
    Lauren Ray, Phoebe Foundation Executive DirectorLauren Ray, Phoebe Foundation Executive Director
    A generous donation will help build a $5 million medical student housing facility on Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's campus.The Richard King Mellon Foundation donated $1 million to the Phoebe Foundation for the proposed 25-unit gated community. More >>
    A generous donation will help build a $5 million medical student housing facility on Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's campus.The Richard King Mellon Foundation donated $1 million to the Phoebe Foundation for the proposed 25-unit gated community. More >>
  • Dougherty County School System has Open House

    Dougherty County School System has Open House

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:19:35 GMT
    Valerie Williams, Radium Springs Middle School PrincipalValerie Williams, Radium Springs Middle School Principal
    Dougherty County parents and students got to meet old and new faces at their schools this evening.The school system held an open house at each school for families to meet the staff and learn what to expect for the upcoming school year.More >>
    Dougherty County parents and students got to meet old and new faces at their schools this evening.The school system held an open house at each school for families to meet the staff and learn what to expect for the upcoming school year.More >>
  • Law enforcement and first responders collaborate for "National Night Out"

    Law enforcement and first responders collaborate for "National Night Out"

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:14:28 GMT
    Imaya FreeloveImaya Freelove
    First responders reached out to the community Thursday night to build better relationships and help kids get ready for school.For the first time, all the law enforcement and first responder agencies in Dougherty County worked together on a National Night Out event. More >>
    First responders reached out to the community Thursday night to build better relationships and help kids get ready for school.For the first time, all the law enforcement and first responder agencies in Dougherty County worked together on a National Night Out event. More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

An Air Force Staff Sergeant from Leesburg is home visiting family this weekend after being deployed in South Korea for eight months. Steven Wood made it home just in time for his son's 5th birthday party.

Deck out in all camouflage, Weston Woods got the biggest gift ever for his 5th birthday party, a surprise visit from his dad. It's been about eight months since he's seen his father, whose been deployed in South Korea.

"It's exciting because Steven is the type of father that's has to been there for everything. So just for him to be able to be here for his 5th birthday is an awesome feeling," said Blaire Wood.

Weston says he wants to be just like his dad, and that's why he picked the military theme.

"I don't think any father could be prouder of his son and it lets me know that he's proud of me as well," said Steven Wood.

His dad left for deployment in February, and this is his first visit since he left. He'll be home for one month before he has to go back to South Korea.

Steven says he happy he's able to celebrate another cherished moment with his family.

"I'm ecstatic, getting to see them again. Just ecstatic, that's all I can say," said Steven Wood.

Weston says he missed his dad, and the first thing he wants to do is go camping with him.

"Because my daddy hasn't been here for a long time," said Weston Wood.

The family has a long list of plans this week, and memories to share with their real life G. I. Joe.

Steven has about three months of deployment left in South Korea. After that, the family will move to England, where Steven will be stationed for three years. 

Copyright 2013 WALB.  All rights reserved.