Students at Northridge High School in Utah were shocked when their teacher and coach returned home early from deployment in Afghanistan. Multiple cell phone videos captured the moment he peaked his head around the corner of a classroom, prompting students to cheer and rush their hero.
Andrew Olson, a captain in the Army National Guard, was scheduled to return from deployment in Afghanistan five months later, but the military withdrawal ordered by President Trump late last year has many in our military coming home early.
The scene of his return was emotional for students and faculty alike.
“He loves them. They’re like his little brothers or kids,” Olson’s wife, Tina, told ABC’s Good Morning America. “He’s a tough coach, very stern and expects a lot but I think it helps the kids respect him because they know he does it from love.”
Anyone who believes we need to maintain a permanent presence in Afghanistan or Syria needs to watch this video. Every time a member of the military gets to come home early, it’s a reminder of the important things in life.