When Eric Webber returned home after a year in Kosovo, it was a cause for celebration for his family. They didn't know a surprise party was in the works at their church, The First Church of God on Rose Hill Avenue.
Webber, 48, was just discharged after 20 years in the military - six years with the United States Navy and the past 14 years with the U.S. Army, where he was a tech sergeant, said his father, William Webber.
The party was held on Nov. 18, just three days after Webber's return. A graduate of Smithsburg High School, Webber works for Washington County.
He and his wife, Cheryl Webber, have one daughter. They live in Hagerstown.