Army Maj. Eric Heffner has deployed to Iraq to serve in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is the son of Lee Heffner of Rockland.

Operation Iraqi Freedom is the official name given to military operations involving members of the U.S. armed forces and coalition forces participating in efforts to free and secure Iraq. Mission objectives focus on force protection, peacekeeping, stabilization, security and counter-insurgency operations as the Iraqi transitional governing bodies assume full sovereign powers to govern the peoples of Iraq.

Members from all branches of the U.S. military and multinational forces are also assisting in rebuilding Iraq’s economic and governmental infrastructure, and training and preparing Iraqi military and security forces to assume full authority and responsibility in defending and preserving Iraq’s sovereignty and independence as a democracy.

Heffner is a deputy support operations officer regularly assigned to the 3rd Sustainment Brigade at Fort Stewart, Ga. The major has served in the military for 17 years.

The major graduated in 1997 from Evanston Township, Ill., and earned a bachelor degree in 2007 from Armstrong Atlantic University, Savannah, Ga. In 2007, Heffner earned his master’s degree from American Intercontinental University in Chicago, Ill. His wife, Suzy, is the daughter of Al and Sue Cox of Garfield, Ga.