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Published November 10, 2010, 10:03 PM

Air Force Lieutenant Surprises Girlfriend With Airport Proposal

A very memorable welcome home for an Air Force Lieutenant became something more because of a big surprise. Adessa Fischer wanted to welcome her boyfriend home. Little did she know, he had a surprise for her.

A Grand Forks couple will now look fondly at the Grand Forks International Airport.

A very memorable welcome home for an Air Force Lieutenant became something more because of a big surprise.

Adessa Fischer wanted to welcome her boyfriend home. Little did she know, he had a surprise for her.

Adessa Fischer was waiting for her boyfriend, Lieutenant Gene Bentley at the airport when he got back from his deployment.

It was a small welcome home party for Lt. Gene Bentley, but still, a big gesture.

"I'm just happy to have my babe home," said Fischer.

Not to outdo Fischer, but Bentley's surprise proposal to his girlfriend of nearly two years was even bigger.

"I think she knew it was coming when I started mumbling through it," said Bentley.

"I was really excited all my friends were supporting me to come welcome him home, but I had no idea at all," said Fischer, showing off her diamond engagement ring.

Bentley had been in South West Asia as part of the 319th Civil Engineering Squadron for the Air Force.

A memorable moment for the couple, standing face-to-face for the first time in a year.

"Everyone says you go brain-dead and you need to practice.. I kind of went brain-dead and said..I should've practiced more," said Bentley, who was a little nervous before popping the question.

"I think it's absolutely wonderful. It was hard keeping it a secret, but worth it," said Sarah Fischer, Adessa's mother.

The secret is out, but according to Fischer, it was not a necessity.

"Just him would've been good. Nothing else."

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