04/25/2012 12:13 pm ET Updated Apr 25, 2012

Military Father, Airman George Gonzalez, Surprises 10-Year-Old Daughter In South Jersey School (VIDEO)

A South Jersey 4th grader was moved to tears when her father -- returning from a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan -- surprised her in her elementary school classroom, Fox News reports.

Ten-year-old Celine Gonzalez from Vineland, N.J., was caught totally unawares when her dad, Senior Airman George Gonzalez, tapped her on the shoulder in the middle of class.

Clapping her hands to her mouth, Celine immediately dissolved into joyful tears at the sight of her father, who quickly gathered her into his arms.

As they hugged and kissed, Celine's classmates and teachers applauded and cheered with delight.

"[I'm] really, really, really happy," Celine told MSNBC.

As The Huffington Post reported last year, there are few greater gifts than a military mom, dad, sibling or loved one returning from deployment.

Watch some of our favorite military surprise homecomings from the 2011 holiday season:

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