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REPORT IT: Brunswick Co. soldier surprises wife, daughter with early homecoming


BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) -- A Brunswick County woman and her daughter got quite the surprise for mom's birthday earlier this week.

Master Sgt. Brian Hakey, a soldier stationed in Afghanistan, returned home to Brunswick County Sunday. His wife Tina and daughter Anna did not expect him until next month, but he secretly managed to arrange to be here early to celebrate his Tina's birthday Monday.

That morning, the Army JROTC class at South Brunswick High School, of which Anna is a member, helped MSgt. Hakey surprise his wife and daughter.

They told Anna because her dad could not be home, they would like to lift her mom's spirits by singing "Happy Birthday." So Anna feigned illness to lure mom to come in. On the final verse Brian entered and added his voice, surprising his family.

SBHS broadcasting/journalism instructor Amanda Penegar caught it all on camera, and the school was kind enough to Report It!

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