Soldier Surprises His Family



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers WHERE’S LEO? - Lauren Creger and her brothers Luke, 14 and Quinn, 16, pose for a photo with Santa at The Oaks mall as their father, Navy Commander Leo Creger, hops in for a photobomb during a surprise on Saturday, December 21. Creger was in Bahrain for a planned 10-month deployment, and found out in November that he would be finishing his deployment before Christmas. He told only his wife Beth, who contacted The Oaks and planned the surprise appearance for her children.

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WHERE’S LEO? – Lauren Creger and her brothers Luke, 14 and Quinn, 16, pose for a photo with Santa at The Oaks mall as their father, Navy Commander Leo Creger, hops in for a photobomb during a surprise on Saturday, December 21. Creger was in Bahrain for a planned 10-month deployment, and found out in November that he would be finishing his deployment before Christmas. He told only his wife Beth, who contacted The Oaks and planned the surprise appearance for her children.



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers WELCOME HOME - Air National Guard Band of the West Coast vocalist Erin McPherson sings “God Bless America” as friends and family of Navy Commander Leo Creger cheer from the balconies of The Oaks mall center courtyard to see him surprise his family on Saturday, December 21. Creger was in Bahrain for a planned 10-month deployment, and found out in November that he would be finishing his deployment before Christmas. He told only his wife Beth, who contacted The Oaks and planned the surprise appearance for her children.

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WELCOME HOME – Air National Guard Band of the West Coast vocalist Erin McPherson sings “God Bless America” as friends and family of Navy Commander Leo Creger cheer from the balconies of The Oaks mall center courtyard to see him surprise his family on Saturday, December 21. Creger was in Bahrain for a planned 10-month deployment, and found out in November that he would be finishing his deployment before Christmas. He told only his wife Beth, who contacted The Oaks and planned the surprise appearance for her children.



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers HOME FOR CHRISTMAS - Navy commander Leo Creger embraces his wife Beth after surprising their children, from left, Quinn, 16, Lauren, 20, and Luke, 14, by photobombing their picture with Santa at The Oaks mall on Saturday, December 21. Creger was in Bahrain for a planned 10-month deployment, and found out in November that he would be finishing his deployment before Christmas. He told only his wife Beth, who contacted The Oaks and planned the surprise appearance for her children.

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HOME FOR CHRISTMAS – Navy commander Leo Creger embraces his wife Beth after surprising their children, from left, Quinn, 16, Lauren, 20, and Luke, 14, by photobombing their picture with Santa at The Oaks mall on Saturday, December 21. Creger was in Bahrain for a planned 10-month deployment, and found out in November that he would be finishing his deployment before Christmas. He told only his wife Beth, who contacted The Oaks and planned the surprise appearance for her children.



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers HERO’S WELCOME - From left, Beth Creger, son Quinn, 16, her husband, Navy Commander Leo Creger, and children Luke, 14, and Lauren, 20, all stare upward to the balcony of The Oaks mall, where friends and family greeted them with signs welcoming home the commander in a surprise for his children on Saturday, December 21. Creger was in Bahrain for a planned 10-month deployment, and found out in November that he would be finishing his deployment before Christmas. He told only his wife Beth, who contacted The Oaks and planned the surprise appearance for her children.

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HERO’S WELCOME – From left, Beth Creger, son Quinn, 16, her husband, Navy Commander Leo Creger, and children Luke, 14, and Lauren, 20, all stare upward to the balcony of The Oaks mall, where friends and family greeted them with signs welcoming home the commander in a surprise for his children on Saturday, December 21. Creger was in Bahrain for a planned 10-month deployment, and found out in November that he would be finishing his deployment before Christmas. He told only his wife Beth, who contacted The Oaks and planned the surprise appearance for her children.



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers HAPPY TO BE HOME - Navy Commander Leo Creger greets his children, from left, Quinn, 16, Lauren, 20, and Luke, 14, after surprising them by photobombing their picture with Santa at The Oaks mall on Saturday, December 21. Creger was in Bahrain for a planned 10-month deployment, and found out in November that he would be finishing his deployment before Christmas. He told only his wife Beth, who contacted The Oaks and planned the surprise appearance for her children.

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HAPPY TO BE HOME – Navy Commander Leo Creger greets his children, from left, Quinn, 16, Lauren, 20, and Luke, 14, after surprising them by photobombing their picture with Santa at The Oaks mall on Saturday, December 21. Creger was in Bahrain for a planned 10-month deployment, and found out in November that he would be finishing his deployment before Christmas. He told only his wife Beth, who contacted The Oaks and planned the surprise appearance for her children.

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