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

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- It's been seven months since Newman native, Joseph Lance has been stateside.

Back from being deployed 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 distance, time zones and cell service there are times 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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