U.S. Naval Pilot spends Fourth of July weekend with newborn son

Updated: 07/04/2014 10:35 PM | Created: 07/04/2014 7:21 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

This Fourth of July weekend, there is a soldier and a father from Albuquerque who is happy to be home with his new son.  He missed his son's birth, but the moment he met his son is forever captured in an emotional picture that is gaining popularity online.

Branden Behne lives in Washington State with his wife and son.  He was deployed to Japan when his son Bennett was born on June 4th.  Behne actually watched the birth on video chat from his room in Japan.

Two weeks later, Behne came home and met little Bennett for the first time.  That emotional moment was captured by his wife's friend, and the picture has been shared from Washington, to New Mexico, to Alabama.  Behne described the moment he got off the plane to see his son for the first time.

"I kind of saw her {my wife} from a distance and I just kind of locked on her and as I got closer, my pace quickened and then I saw Bennett and in that moment, everything else went away and I was just so focused on getting to her as quick as I could," Behne said.

Behne will be deployed again in about a year to the Middle East.  For now, he is just taking in every moment he has with his family.

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