Chief of Chaplains celebrates Chaplaincy Anniversary in Korea
August 8, 2013
CAMP RED CLOUD, Korea- Chaplain corps senior leaders visited 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers and Families to take part in the 238th Chaplaincy Anniversary Celebration in Area I July 29.
The Army Chief of Chaplains, Maj. Gen. Donald Rutherford, a Kinderhook, N.Y., native and U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Regimental Sgt. Maj. Stephen Stott, an Indianapolis, Ind., native visited Area I to personally provide training and mentorship to the division's chaplains and their assistants.
In Area I, Rutherford and Stott observed Catholic community mass on Sunday at the Casey Chapel. They also attended a dinner reception at Camp Red Cloud to celebrate 238 years of religious support.
The division invited members of the Korean community to attend the celebration, demonstrating the importance of the partnership and the strength of the alliance.
Rutherford announced a new campaign Monday during the celebration dinner. Rutherford described the campaign, which is called, 'Care to the Caregiver.'
"This campaign supports the Army's Ready and Resilient Campaign and focuses our efforts on coaching and mentoring," Rutherford said.
He went on to explain that the campaign requires chaplains in 2nd Inf. Div. to ask themselves if their lives are balanced and how they can better care and equip the division's ministry teams to ensure world class religious support.
"The chief has been known for getting his 'boots on ground' and checking on Soldiers and their Families and spending time with the chaplains," said Master Sgt. Sean P. Fitzwilliam, a Sumter, S.C., native from Headquarters Support Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion.
The remainder of the dinner celebration focused on the chaplaincy program in the Republic of Korea and the growing relationships between the two countries.
The anniversary of the chaplaincy fell on the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, and many senior leaders from both the U.S. and Korean armed forces attended, including Korean Chief of Chaplains for the Ministry of Defense, Chap. (Col.) Ho Yoo Lee. The Korean National Military Symphony Orchestra provided music for the event.
Maj. Gen. Thomas Vandal, a Rhode Island, N.Y., native, and commander of the 2nd Inf. Div., was a guest speaker at the dinner celebration. He expressed his appreciation of the chaplain corps and our Korean neighbor coming out together to celebrate the anniversary.