Maj. Mike Heil was in Hawaii, vacationing after his return from deployment with the Nevada National Guard to Afghanistan, when he received the phone call.
The news was shocking.
Three of his fellow Guard members had been killed during a mass shooting at the Carson City IHOP restaurant. Two other soldiers - including Jeremiah Mock, who had only returned to work days earlier after serving the same tour in Afghanistan with Heil - were among the seven wounded when lone gunman Eduardo Sencion, 32, opened fire at 8:58 a.m. on Sept. 6, 2011.
Civilian Florence Gunderson also was killed. Sencion, …