The four months that Rockdale natives Katie Ward and Air Force Technical Sgt. Chad Lewis spent apart while Chad was stationed in Afghanistan were quickly forgotten after a secret mission home this week. Family and friends gathered at Glenn’s Barbeque Thursday evening to see Chad, 30, surprise Katie, 24, by walking out of the kitchen and proposing to his unsuspecting fiancé. The couple has known each other for almost a decade and been dating for two years. They are now planning a September wedding. “I’m so excited... I’ve missed him a lot and it has been really hard to be apart,” Ward said following the tearful event.