2013.09.23 – Southington, CT – Staff Sergeant Michael Howes hugs his daughter Madison after coming home from his fourth tour of duty and surprising her at school. Photograph by Mark Mirko | firstname.lastname@example.org
By BILL LEUKHARDT, email@example.com
The Hartford Courant
SOUTHINGTON — Staff Sgt. Michael Howes pulled off a secret mission Monday, coming home a week early from his fourth overseas deployment and surprising his daughters in their schools.
“Daddy!” Madison Howes, 8, choked out when she spotted her uniformed father walking into a room at Flanders Elementary School where she and the other third-graders were having a reading assembly. She bolted from her chair into his open arms, hugged him and wept.