Heritage Church in Van Buren was honored Feb. 8 by the Employer Support of Guard and Reserve of Arkansas with the "Above and Beyond" award.

Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Richard Green and Brig. Gen. Keith Klemmer, the deputy adjutant general of the Arkansas National Guard, presented the award for the congregation’s support of their pastor’s service in the Arkansas National Guard, including 28 months of mobilizations and deployment since Sept. 11, 2001.

Chaplain Col. Wesley Hilliard, lead pastor of Heritage Church, retired from the National Guard Feb. 7.