Daniel Oglesby had been deployed in Kuwait for eight months, and the family feared their two-year-old daughter wouldn't quite remember her father upon his return home.
But Karis didn't forget, and in the middle of the military homecoming ceremony she darted straight for her father for a quick hug.
"She was excited. She spotted me from a couple rows back and she couldn’t contain herself. I wasn’t gonna tell her no," Oglesby told KKTV.
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After she got her hug, Karis immediately ran back to her mom and older sister.
According to KKTV, 300 soldiers from Fort Carson's 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division came home last week from southwest Asia.
"We all understand. That's their moment," Oglesby told Today.com. "It's tough on them being away from family for eight-plus months. When they finally see them, there aren't many people who will stand in their way of seeing their parents, and it definitely wasn't going to be me."
According to Today.com, Oglesby's wife Kristine often read the children's book "Lilly Hates Goodbyes" to her two young daughters while their father was overseas. In the book, the young girl runs to embrace her dad when he returns from deployment.
Kristine said she encouraged her daughters to do the same when they saw their father, but she had no idea her youngest child would interrupt the ceremony.
"But looking back, she has no idea what the ceremony means or what the restrictions are," she said.
Today.com reported that the family will spend another couple of weeks in Colorado before returning to their home in South Carolina.