Airman makes home-run homecoming


(WWBT) – As the Richmond Flying Squirrels took the field Saturday, Air Force Tech Sgt. Rob Champine waited in the bunker of the Diamond, preparing to stop play and stun the crowd.

Champine flew across seven time zones to reunite with his family, traveling from Kuwait to Richmond. His wife of nine years, son and daughter expected him to be home in 11 days, ending the fourth deployment of his military career.

“This is so worth it,” Sgt. Champine told WWBT. “Being able to finally, tangibly touch my family again. I haven’t been able to do that since October.”

Champine arranged to be hidden in a giant red box, one that would be brought out to the field with two smaller boxes.

His son, Justin, just over four feet tall, followed a team escort out to the first baseline. The plan: to open each box, eventually opening the largest one with his father inside.WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON RIGHT NOW: 

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