HOPE MILLS, N.C. (WNCN) - It's a 16th birthday surprise one Southview High School sophomore won't soon forget.
Staff Sgt. Johnathan Williams's daughter, Sondra, turned 16 on Thursday and he wasn't going to miss it.
Williams said he can count on one hand how many of his daughter's birthdays he has seen due to deployments and other military requirements.
So Williams worked with Sondra's JROTC sergeant major, Ruby Murray, to pull off the birthday surprise.
On Thursday, Murray helped sneak Williams into her class to surprise Sondra.
Watch the video above to see the reunion.
Williams is a Psychological Operations Instructor at the US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School on Fort Bragg.
Murray a retired Army sergeant major who was stationed on Fort Bragg.