Tearful, happy, surprise homecoming at Edgewood Elementary

Air Force Staff Sergeant Ashley King surprises her daughter, Kaleigh Willis at Edgewood Elementary School by coming home from the Middle East Thursday, Jan. 9.
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By Fred Guarino

The Selma Sun

Air Force Staff Sergeant Ashley King surprised her daughter, Kaleigh Willis, a fifth grade Student Council President at Edgewood Elementary School, by coming home from the Middle East for good Thursday, Jan. 9 during a morning assembly event at her daughter’s school.
The reunion marked the first time King had seen her 10-year-old daughter in six months. King, who was due to be discharged from duty in February, said she came home a month early due to the death of her grandmother, Mary Alice Williams. So, Thursday’s surprise marked a permanent homecoming. She surprised Kaleigh during an event about kindness and compassion for those affected by what is happening in the Middle East and who had parents deployed in the Middle East.
Before her mother stepped out from behind a curtain, Kaleigh told the class about her mother being deployed in the Middle East. King said, “I think you all for of your support. It has been tough. The past six months I have been missing my kids and my family, and I am glad they were here to share this moment with me. I would like to thank all of the teachers for making this happen.” She also said, “I want to thank each and every one of you for your moral support and for taking care of my babies.” King was also reunited with her other daughter, Kaleiah, age 2.

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