“We are so lucky.”

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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 | mmirko@courant.com

By BILL LEUKHARDT, wleukhardt@courant.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.

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