Pleasanton Primary students lined the hallways with signs welcoming home United States Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Vincent E. Macias home from a 6-month tour of duty.
His sons, Adrian, an 8th grader at Pleasanton Jr. High, Adyn, a 2nd grader and Vinny, a 1st grader, had no idea their dad was returning home, much less that he was retiring from the Navy after 22 years of service.
San Antonio television stations were also covering the emotional event.
The sons were overcome with emotion as they realized that their dad decided to retire. Macias – a firefighter who had been deployed to Iraq, Japan, Cuba and Kuwait – had planned on re-enlisting for another three years and would have had to move to the state of Washington. He is excited to be home for good.
When asked why he decided to retire, Macias said that it was time. “The last time I spoke to my oldest son he had a lot of questions and was needing my help. They would cry everytime I talked to them. I need to be here for my sons. It’s time,” said Macias.