Maj. Mike Ortiz reunites with Farmingville family after deployment in Afghanistan and Bahrain

Mikey Ortiz thought he was at his martial

Mikey Ortiz thought he was at his martial arts dojo in Holbrook for a special private lesson and believed the News 12 Long Island cameras were there to shoot a commercial. (Credit: News 12 )

FARMINGVILLE - A Farmingville family is having an extra special Fourth of July weekend.

Mikey Ortiz thought he was at his martial arts dojo in Holbrook for a special private lesson and believed the News 12 Long Island cameras were there to shoot a commercial.

The 9-year-old got a big surprise when his dad, Marine Maj. Mike Ortiz, greeted him.

Ortiz has been deployed overseas since August, working as a civil affairs planner in Afghanistan and Bahrain.

"It's been so long," he says. "My wife is more the hero than I am. She's done so much while I was away. I just left and did one job and left her with all the rest."

Ortiz must report to Washington, D.C. for a few days, but after that, he says he has no further orders to redeploy.

 

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