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Web Exclusive: Soldier makes the most of homecoming; pops the question

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(CNN/WTLV) - A soldier's girlfriend gets quite the surprise after waiting for him at a Florida airport-- a wedding proposal.

Minutes count when trying to catch a flight.  "They decided to close the garage on me," says Kaetlyn Miller. 

Kaetlyn Miller is here for the 2:10 flight, cutting it close.  "I'm here so that's good." 
She's now leaving.  Actually, she's been waiting on an arrival.  "11 months," Kaetlyn says that's how long her boyfriend's been gone.   "It's been a long time coming," says Kaetlyn. As Kaetlyn waits, he's due any minute.  "Hurry up to wait," says Kaetlyn. 

They watch other's reunions.  The Army 602nd MP Company comes back from Cuba, reuniting with friends and families. Hers is coming.  There are, of course, the specific things to expect from reunions, but Kaetlyn can't quite read the signs yet as the rest of the company comes off the plane.  Something happened she didn't expect. Perhaps using one of the oldest of military tactics. The element of surprise. One by one soldiers come off the plane carrying signs that read-- "Will," "You," "Marry," "Me?"  Sgt. Eric Parker ends the waiting with the last sign.

"11 months was way to long," says Sgt. Parker as he asks Kaetlyn to marry him, 
After two of years dating, 11 months apart, circling the airport for parking is now a memory. 

"I went from really stressed to really shocked," says Kaetlyn.

A plan Parker had the day he was deployed.  "She gave me something to think about to help take my mind off the job over there, that definitely helps," says Sgt. Parker. "Definitely not expecting it," says Kaetlyn. "I'm kinda in shock right now."

Sgt. Parker says, "I'm happy to be home. It was a long time coming but worth it." 
And now, together all they have is time.

"I love you baby," Sgt. Parker says. His fiance replies, "I love you too."
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