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PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri National Guardsman on leave surprises his children at school

Monday, March 5, 2012 | 5:54 p.m. CST; updated 7:54 p.m. CST, Monday, March 5, 2012

COLUMBIA — Sgt. Rodney Blackwell began his two week leave from Qatar by surprising his children and stepchildren at school Monday. Blackwell has been deployed in Qatar with the Missouri National Guard since Sept. 1, 2011.

 

Jostin Prior, 12, is surprised by his stepfather, Sgt. Rodney Blackwell, at Lange Middle School on Monday. Blackwell has been on deployment in Qatar with the Missouri National Guard since Sept. 1, 2011.
Jostin Prior, 12, Hailey Blackwell, 8, and Sierra Blackwell, 5, peek into a classroom before their brother Brynd'n Prior, 10, is surprised by a visit from their father, Sgt. Rodney Blackwell. Blackwell is on leave for two weeks from serving in Qatar with the Missouri National Guard.
Sgt. Rodney Blackwell holds his daughter Hailey, 8, after surprising her at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School on Monday. Blackwell is currently serving as a wheeled vehicle mechanic in Qatar with the Missouri National Guard.
Sgt. Rodney Blackwell walks in to surprise stepson Kamryn Prior, 8, at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School on Monday.
Sgt. Rodney Blackwell walks with his stepson Jostin Prior, 12, after surprising him at Lange Middle School on Monday. Blackwell arrived back home for his two week leave from Qatar late Sunday night.

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