Sergeant Major (Ret) Gregory W. Heffner served honorably in the Maryland Army National Guard for over 35 years, entering service on January 20, 1974. SGM (Ret) Heffner worked in numerous key assignments culminating at National Guard Bureau Policy Division, Arlington, Virginia until his retirement on February 2009. SGM Heffner (Ret) remains at National Guard Bureau as a Department of the Army Civilian, GS 13.

SGM (Ret) Heffner is a lifelong resident of Frederick, MD. Son of Mr. Edward and Patricia Heffner. Married to Terry Lynn (Delauter) Heffner for over 41 years. Two grown daughters, Hilery Leatherman and Katherine Speilman and seven grandchildren.

1. January 1974- April 1980, Infantryman, Co A 1st Bn, 115th Infantry, Frederick, MD
2. April 1980-March 1989, Army National Guard Recruiter
3. March 1989- June 2004, Enlisted Personnel Manager, Joint Forces Headquarters, Baltimore, MD
4. June 2004-February 2009, National Guard Bureau, Personnel Policy Division, Arlington, VA
5. February 2009 to Present, Department of the Army Civilian, Personnel Policy Division

Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal, 1st OLC
Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Army Achievement Medal with fourth oak leaf clusters
Army Good Conduct, 8th Award
Army Component Achievement Medal, 2nd OLC
National Defense Service Medal, w/Bronze Service Star
Armed Forces Reserve Medal, w/Gold Hourglass Device
NCO Professional Development Medal, w/numeral 4
Army Service Ribbon
Global War on Terrorism Medal
Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon
Maryland Meritorious Service Medal, 2 OLC
Maryland Commendation Medal, 3 OLC
Maryland National Guard Recruiting Medal 2 OLC
Maryland National Guard State Active Duty Medal
Maryland Service Ribbon, w/Gold Cross
Master Recruiting Badge

Gregory chose Platoon 22 to receive the donation made by NFM Salute on his behalf. He choose Platoon 22 because of their vision of putting a stop to 22 soldiers a day taking their lives.