Camp Pendleton Marines surprise company commander with his baby's gender while deployed

Posted at 12:18 PM, Nov 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-14 15:18:44-05

(KGTV) - A Camp Pendleton Marine would have missed out on a special moment if not for a thoughtful wife and fellow Marines.

Captain Gregory Veteto is the company commander of Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, with the 15th MEU’s Ground Combat Element.

According to Cpl. Timothy Valero, he and his wife are expecting their second child. Since he is deployed, and could not be with his wife to find out the gender of their baby, she wanted to reveal it in a unique way.

Veteto was a punter at the U.S. Naval Academy, so she filled a football with colored power and sent it his way.

Surrounded by a group of Marines in the 5th Fleet area of operations, he kicked the ball.

A big pink powdery cloud revealed they are having a baby girl.

“It was fantastic breaking open the football,” Veteto said. “The Marines were excited about it and I appreciated that.”