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After returning from a deployment to Afghanistan, where he rebuilt bridges destroyed by IEDs, Staff Sgt. Thomas Stebbin of the Missouri National Guard on Thursday surprised his daughter Claire at her school.

“I was just so excited that I didn’t know what to do. … So I just kind of jumped off the stage and ran into his arms,” Claire said.

The reunion was especially emotional because Stebbin had missed the high school graduation of his daughter Megan four days earlier.

“I call her my BB, my best bud,” Stebbin said of Claire. “And she’s ready for the BBB, which is the best bud breakfast that we always have every Saturday morning.”

Chris Schauble and Megan Henderson report for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Friday, May 23, 2014.