This morning he surprised his son, third grader Brent Long Jr., at West Louisville Elementary. The visit was part of a school program where students learned about honor.
Long says it wasn't easy keeping touch with his family while serving overseas.
"It's emotional," said Long. "eight to nine difference in time. So, usually when I'm going to work, she's going to bed. It makes it kind of hard to talk on a cell phone, or Skype."
His son and his classmates did send him letters while he was gone.