3:20pm

Fri December 9, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Returning Soldiers Surprise Kids

Two Kentucky National Guard soldiers from the 149th Brigade Support Battalion who returned from Iraq surprised their children at school Thursday.
Sgt. 1st Class Darrell Brookins walked up behind his son, DJ Brookins, 9, during a morning assembly at Dishman-McGinnis Elementary School. “It was very exciting,” Darrell Brookins said. “DJ is really special. He’s really inspiring.” During the assembly, students were given a math problem to solve, which was to determine how long a soldier has been overseas if he or she has been there since June 4, which is when Darrell Brookins was deployed.