SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - For Staff Sergeant Brian Kwitkin, his homecoming isn't complete with a hug from his 6-year-old daughter.
SSgt. Kwitkin, along with some 400 other South Carolina National Guard soldiers, returned home today after a 9-month deployment to Kosovo.
While the 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade was welcomed by family and friends at the Citadel's McAllister Field House, SSgt. Kwitkin wanted to surprise his daughter Abby at her Girl Scout summer camp.
"We've been telling her I'm coming back next week, so I'm going to surprise her on stage - she doesn't know," he said.
A Girl Scout employee introduced SSgt. Kwitkin as a "very, very special guest" to the scouts attending camp at the Summerville Presbyterian Church.
Upon being summoned by her father, Abby jumped into his arms for a long embrace.
The family of four is excited to begin the summer months together.
"[He missed] birthdays, holidays, just day-to-day life -- so he missed out on a lot," Kwitkin's wife Patricia said. "But we're going to make up for it now that he's back."
The soldiers from Charleston served nine months part of the NATO peacekeeping force stationed in Kosovo. SSgt. Kwitkin says he is unsure of when he will be deployed again.