The great part of these surprise reunions between a military member and their family is that after all these years there are still creative ways to pull them off.
Consider this story from San Antonio, as reported by KSAT TV, in which Lt. Col. Cotina Jenkins-Sellers stuns her 13-year-old son at his basketball game.
Have you ever heard of the Fake Technical Foul premise?
The referee called one on the opposing coach, and Jenkins-Sellers' son, Derrick, was sent to the foul line to shoot.
That's when his mom sneaked up behind him. Derrick misses the shot, but he nails the reaction after turning and seeing his mom, who had spent eight months in Kuwait with the Air Force.