CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Heather Preece knew when she started dating Lt. Reed Preece of the Army National Guard that one day he would be called upon by Uncle Sam to put himself in harm's way.
What she did not know was when he would receive the call.
With less than two months before her husband leaves with his troop, Preece said she is preparing to trade one waiting game for another -- to trade the uncertainty of his deployment for the hope of his return.
Lt. Preece and the 66 soldiers of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard's Troop C, 2-104th Cavalry (RSTA), will deploy to Iraq in September, but before the soldiers embark on the one-year mission, they received one last, flame-grilled Saturday afternoon with their families.
United Auto Workers Local 1296 of Johnson Controls Frick Co. in Waynesboro, Pa., welcomed more than 230 soldiers, wives, mothers, fathers and children Saturday to the Kauffman Community Center to relax, picnic and enjoy the precious remaining moments with the men and women of the troop.