Air Force Family Reunites for Thanksgiving

North Texas airman surprises his three children at airport

By Catherine Ross
|  Thursday, Nov 24, 2011  |  Updated 9:07 PM CDT
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The holiday reunion was a surprise to Airman 1st Class Alfter Thompson's three children.

Catherine Ross, NBC 5 News

The holiday reunion was a surprise to Airman 1st Class Alfter Thompson's three children.

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After nine months away from home, Airman 1st Class Alfter Thompson surprised his three children by arriving in time for Thanksgiving.

It had been 248 days -- or 5,000 some minutes -- since Camille Thompson's husband left for military training, according to her calculations.

For nine months, the family waited.

"We talk on the computer, talk on our Xbox and write letters," 7-year-old Mason said.

The holiday reunion was a surprise to Mason and his younger brother and sister.

His mother had told them they needed to pick up a family friend at the airport.

She herself had only learned of her husband’s earlier-than-expected arrival days before.

"He was saying things like, you should make a turkey," she said. "I was suspicious, but I didn't want to push it, because I know how hard it is for him to keep a surprise."

By the time the family came together again, dinner had already been cooking for hours. But they said they'll most remember the ability to be together for Thanksgiving Day.

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