Navy Officer Surprises Family And Fiancee After 14 Months

A Petty Officer with the U.S. Navy Reserve pulled off a double reunion surprise – shocking his fiancée and dad at a car dealership before arriving at his brother's track to sneak up on his mom. Austyn Scruggs, 23, told no-one he was set to return home from his 14-month deployment, which had seen him sent for a boots-on-the-ground mission in Djibouti, Africa. When Austyn got the news he was set to head home, he kept things secret, spending a week in Germany before heading back, not telling his family he was on the move. Such secrecy took some intense planning and dedication, Austyn admitted, as he had to set up his room in Germany to look exactly like the one in Africa in case his family asked to be on a FaceTime call. On May 4, having returned to Anderson, South Carolina, he first snuck up on his dad William and fiancée Audrey, who were looking around a car dealership before Austyn made his entrance. He revealed it was only the second time he had seen his dad, an Air Force veteran, cry. Following that tearful embrace, it was then over to the nearby track meet at Pendleton High School, where Austyn's brother, Dustyn, was competing, and his mom, Marci, was watching from the bleachers. With Audrey's mom recording, Austyn crept through the rows of seats before giving his shocked mom a big hug, causing a round of applause from those in the crowd. Austyn then waved down to a stunned Dustyn, who went on to break a regional record that day.
Release Status:
TV & Digital
Location: Anderson, South Carolina, USA
  • Date Acquired05-19-2022
  • Date Filmed05-04-2022
  • OrientationVertical
  • Footage TypeCell Phone
  • Rights TV & Digital, Commercial, Publishing

Navy Officer Surprises Family And Fiancee After 14 Months


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