SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- It was just another school day at Steubing Elementary for Sasha O'Gork.
Sitting inside the quiet classroom, O'Gork let her eyes wander as her fellow fourth-graders read aloud. Then something in the hallway caught her eye.
She gasped. She stood up. She ran to the Marine, her big brother, with open arms.
Staff Sgt. Tresor Mbunkur lifted his little sister off her feet. She squeezed him with all of her limbs and rested her head on his strong shoulder. Wiping away tears from under her glasses, she went in for another one of those big brother hugs.
It was an embrace tight enough to close the 10 months they spent apart, an embrace that Mbunkur had surely been thinking about 8,000 miles away in Afghanistan.
Mbunkur just completed his fifth tour overseas. His little sister has asked him before not to volunteer for another tour. It's a difficult promise to guarantee, and even more difficult to explain why.
"I enjoy being out there with my fellow Marines, and it's something that's very hard to explain to your little sister who is barely 10 years old."
Welcome home, soldier!