Lieutenant Heath Phillips is one of nearly 600 Virginia National Guard troops being called up for active duty.
Phillips is a PE Teacher at McGaheysville Elementary School. Wednesday afternoon, teachers, staff and students held an assembly to show Phillips just how much he'll be missed. "I just didn't expect any of it," said Phillips. "I'm just one guy out of hundreds that are going from my battalion and I wish that they would all have this kind of support."
"It's not going to be the same because he's just a great teacher and he's always been here and he's got, you know, a place in all the kids hearts," said student Victoria Trumbo.
Phillips will spend a few days with his family before heading to Fort Bragg, NC March 1.