Navy sailor returns home from deployment, surprises sister for her birthday

FRESNO, Calif. -- It had been seven months since Northern California native Joseph Lance was stateside.

Following a deployment in Bahrain, there was still a mission to accomplish.

The U.S. Navy AO2, Petty Officer 2nd Class successfully surprised his sister Jacquelyn on her 14th birthday.

"She didn't know who was behind her and I turned her head and immediately she started crying," Lance said.

But there was shock from both parties.

"Why is she tall?" Joseph said in the video.

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Video Courtesy: Tammy Lance Lujan



Because of the distance, time zones and cell service, there are times when Lance doesn't get to speak to his family for weeks at a time.

"She's continuing to get bigger taller and get older and more mature and life needs to slow down a little bit," he said.

Jacquelyn was just seven years old when Joseph joined the Navy right out of high school.

Courtesy: Joseph Lance



Initially stationed in Lemoore, Joseph has spent the last four years overseas only getting to come home once per year.

The 26 year old plans to spend the next week hiking, taking in a softball tournament and family time with his six siblings.
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