Kathryn Waldvogel had been gone from her family for 9 months serving our country. During the return service troops were ordered not to interact with family until the service was complete. Kathryn's son Cooper couldn't wait another moment.

Cooper's parents are both in the military. So, it had been 18 months since he had been in the same room as them. That's 1/2 of little 3 year old Connor's life!

So, it comes as no surprise that he couldn't contain his excitement when he spotted his mom Kathryn...

 

Though it's again protocol it reduced many of the other troops to tears and smiles while they awaited their orders.