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Parkwood Middle sixth grader gets unforgettable surprise
For the nine months Hospital Corpsman, Petty Officer First Class Jason Fout in the United States Navy called the USS SAN ANTONIO home.
During that time the ship spent 241 days away from homeport, 85 straight days under way, participated in a total of five exercises with 15 different countries, participated in humanitarian assistance rescuing 129 displaced persons stranded on a life raft. The ship made port calls in Spain, Greece, Jordan, Bahrain and Israel.
Despite these exciting adventures Fout’s real home is here with his family. And finally, after nine months of being away from them, he was able to return home recently.
When he knew he would be seeing his son, Jacob, for the first time in nearly a year, he wanted to make it a special memory that would last a lifetime.
Jacob, a sixth grader at Parkwood Middle, had no idea when he came to school that day what an exciting lunch he would have.
He went with his class and sat at his lunch table, eating like any other day. However, when his father walked into the cafeteria, the day when from ordinary to extraordinary.
Jacob was shocked and speechless when his father arrived at his lunch table, but the look of joy, excitement, and relief on his face said what his words could not.
“It was a beautiful scene to witness,” said Parkwood Middle School media coordinator Lisa Chapman. “Certainly it will be a moment that will remain, not only with Jacob and his father, but with every student and faculty member who was lucky enough to see it.”
Welcome home HM1 (SW) Jason Fout.
Written by: Parkwood Middle media coordinator Lisa Chapman and teacher Nicole Depietro
Posted: Feb 06, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe