Airman dad dresses as mascot, surprises his daughters at Raleigh school

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Technical Sgt. Anthony Pasco secretly planned for months a surprise reunion with his two daughters.

Pasco reunited with his twin daughters at Durant Middle School on Tuesday. He was dressed as the school’s mascot to surprise them during the halftime performance at a basketball game. 

“This will be the first time I’ll see them in six months,” Pasco said before the reveal.

Anina and Zoe, both 14, are cheerleaders at the school. They had no idea their dad plotted the reunion.

Pasco has been in the Air Force for almost 18 years. Anina and Zoe moved around with their mom, Paula, a fair share. Paula just retired from the military, so she and girls moved to Raleigh where Pasco was stationed.

“I was at cheer practices everyday. Then I went away and I don’t get to enjoy all that stuff that you take for granted as parents,” Pasco said.

In April, Pasco found out he was being reassigned to San Antonio, Texas.

“It was really hard for me because I knew I wasn’t going to see him a lot,” Anina said.

The plan was for Anina and Zoe to meet Pasco in Texas on Tuesday, but he just couldn’t wait.

So, Pasco suited up as Splash the Dolphin to pull off the surprise reunion.

“They have no idea that I’m here, so it’s kind of like that Christmas morning opening up presents moment,” he said.

After the girls performed, Pasco, in the dolphin suit, pulled off the head piece to reveal himself.

“Best Christmas present ever,” said Anina.

Pasco and the girls will go to Texas on Tuesday for a few days. They plan to visit SeaWorld during the trip.

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