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FORT JACKSON, SC (WIS) - A Fort Jackson soldier got an emotional surprise during a live interview on national television Sunday.

Private Victoria Piccoli just completed basic training at Fort Jackson.  She was being interviewed via satellite by Lester Holt on NBC's Today Sunday morning. 

Holt was hosting Today from Afghanistan, surrounded by dozens of US troops.

Piccoli told Holt that her dad, who is a Lieutenant Colonel with the Marines, is the reason she joined the military.  That's when Holt revealed her surprise.

Piccoli's father was standing right next to Holt. He was stationed in Afghanistan.

"Victoria, how you doing sweetheart?" asked her father.

"Hey dad," she said with emotion.

"Excuse me, I should have said 'soldier'", said her father. "Congratulations. We're very proud of you.

He said he is very proud of his daughter's desire to serve her country.

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