SAN ANTONIO -

This weekend may be mother's day but Tuesday it was all about "Dad" for a San Antonio area girl.

Her father, U.S. Air Force Capt. Brian McCollum, surprised her at school.

He just returned home from a 6-month deployment in Southwest Asia.

Tuesday he stopped by Garden Ridge Elementary to surprise his daughter and give her a big hug.

"It was truly amazing.  We go away and we do what we have to do.  There's no better feeling than knowing your family is taken car of.  It makes it all worth it,"
McCollum said. "You get home, you see their smiling faces.  It makes you proud of what you do."

McCollum said it was his first deployment overseas.