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RICHMOND, Va. — United States Air Force Technical Sergeant Rob Champine hit a home run with his military homecoming. The Chester man surprised his wife Merly and children Justin and Alexis at a Richmond Flying Squirrels Baseball game Saturday.

“They have no idea that I’m back in town,” Champine said before the surprise homecoming. “I’ve been deployed for the past six months and they think I come back in a couple of weeks.”

As part of the surprise, Champine hid in a box that was to be used during an in-game contest.

“I’m going to pop out of a box and my son is going to be picking the boxes. They have no idea that I’m coming,” he said. “I cannot believe that this is actually happening. I just can’t wait. If the surprise wasn’t happening, it’s the only thing that’s keeping me back from running out there and giving them a big hug and kiss now. I just can’t wait to finally see them again.”