Airman Surprises Children With Early Return

By: Karen Morfitt Email
By: Karen Morfitt Email

Air Force Master Sgt. Dustin Ruland returned from his fifth deployment earlier this week, but conspired with his wife to surprise his kids Thursday afternoon.

By the look on Mason Ruland’s face, it was obvious that he didn’t expect to see his father walk into the seventh period class at Russell Middle School. His dad had been serving in south Asia for over six months.

"It's always just nice coming home, being gone for so long things change and kids grow up,” Ruland said.

The family wasn’t expecting Ruland to be home for several more days, but he was able to catch an early flight. It was news he shared only with his wife Heather, who helped to arrange the surprise.

"[Mason] and his older sister are very quick and they would've picked up on something right away, so it was hard,” Heather Ruland said.

Dustin Ruland also surprised his daughter Thursday afternoon.


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  • by Dawn Location: Richmond, Virginia on May 4, 2012 at 07:40 PM
    MSgt Ruland is my niece's husband. Being able to see this reunion on KKTV's web page was such a precious gift. We are SO proud of you Dusty; welcome home! Hether, Mason, and Autumn thank you for sharing your Daddy and husband with your nation. Love you all! God Bless~
  • by Jason Location: Security on May 3, 2012 at 11:05 PM
    @protocol, Yes it is correct to call an Air Force MSgt an Airman. KKTV was not addressing him by rank, in the Air Force we are Airman as soldiers are in the Army. Welcome home MSgt Ruland. From a member of the 561 NOS
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      by doobie on May 4, 2012 at 11:32 AM in reply to Jason
      Really? Good to know! I know a AF Captain who got really angry when he was called an "Airman." So angry, I thought it was an insult.
  • by protocol, please! on May 3, 2012 at 08:48 PM
    Is it OK to call an Air Force Master Sergeant, an "Airman?"
  • by Happy on May 3, 2012 at 08:25 PM
    Kktv u guys do a wonderful job people complain about good or bad news :-)
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 07:20 PM
    ...So glad you're back with your family! Thank you for your service to our country. Blessings.
  • by joann on May 3, 2012 at 05:43 PM
    THANK YOU FOR YOUER SERVICE AND WELCOME HOME
  • by Russell on May 3, 2012 at 05:32 PM
    Russell Middle School. 2 L's.
  • by R on May 3, 2012 at 05:07 PM
    THANK YOU KKTV! For reporting good! God bless this family, and ALL of our military families! They should ALL be in OUR country, not in others...
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