As his colleagues stood straight at attention in front of a large audience gathered for a military homecoming ceremony in Fort Carson, Colorado, First Lieutenant Daniel Oglesby broke the rank formation.
He had a very good reason to.
According to ABC, Oglesby had been deployed for the previous eight months with 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, in Southeast Asia. During that time, his young daughter, Karis, was missing him dearly.
Karis could only wait patiently for her father’s return, and when Lt. Oglesby finally made it back stateside, she lost interest in waiting any longer.
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Arms stretched out, the stars and stripes of her dress visible to the entire audience, Karis ran across the gymnasium floor to giver her daddy a hug. Oglesby couldn’t help but oblige.
“Cara, she made eye contact with me in the crowd and decided she wanted to say hello a little early so she ran up and gave me a big hug and I just returned the hug back to her,” Oglesby told Fox 21 News. “I was trying to decide whether or not it was good practice to break formation, but I didn’t have the heart in me to not give my little baby a hug, so I had to go ahead and bend over and give her a hug and kiss on the forehead.”
Even the most rigorously-trained soldier couldn’t pass this up. Watch their emotional reunion in the video below.
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.