BLUE ASH, Ohio - A local soldier home on leave from the war in Afghanistan made a covert operation to Blue Ash Elementary school this morning to Sandi Wilhoff's first grade class.
Army Ranger First Lieutenant Josh Maurmeier with the 82nd Airborne Division came to thank students for sending him pictures and letters during his nearly year long deployment to Afghanistan.
First on the agenda was to surprise and hug his stepsister, Kat Lacefield, a member of the class.
Lacefield knew her stepbrother was coming home soon but did not know that Maurmeier would be home Tuesday.
A huge grin and big hug by Lacefield greeted Maurmeier as he entered the first grade classroom.
The next 45 minutes was spent talking about Afghanistan and what it was like in that country. Topics ranged from soil, to bugs, to safety and clothing.
First Lieutenant Maurmeier said, "I have 30 soldiers underneath me that I am in charge of and kind of showed them the pictures and letters. They thought they were awesome. I appreciate these, these made me smile a lot and made me feel really good."
Maurmeier is a 2010 graduate of West Point and has two years left of service for the Army.
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