LeBaron Bass had been stationed on the USS Abraham Lincoln for an 11-month deployment overseas – the longest he’s been away from his younger siblings.
Bass, who was deployed in the Middle East, first surprised his sister, 12-year-old Sasha, who was completely shocked to see her older brother in her classroom at Davis Middle School, Fox 5 DC reported.
“You just gonna sit there?” Bass can be heard in a video of the encounter asking his surprised sister, before giving her a big hug. “I got you. Did I get you?”
He then surprised his younger brother, 11-year-old Rahsaan.
“After 11 months, missing her birthday, missing almost every type of holiday there is, just to see her reaction – it was the best feeling I can image,” Bass told Fox 5 DC.
Sasha and Rahsaan said they never saw it coming.
“I was just surprised (that he’s back),” she said.
Their mother, Mary Sanders, told Fox 5 DC she and Bass had been planning the surprise for more than two months. It went off without a hitch.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” she said.
Bass is set to deploy again next month.