• U.S. Army Maj. Ned Bartlebaugh, chaplain, discusses the character of a leader during the first Forward Operating Base Gamberi prayer breakfast Dec. 6, 2013. Bartlebaugh serves as the brigade chaplain for 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division and says he felt the topic was appropriate for the audience present. "We've been deployed for about three to four months, so we're in that middle mark," said Bartlebaugh. "We have Christmas coming up and I felt like we needed to do something different that would take us from the daily grind but allow us to focus on something that would help us complete our mission." (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class E. L. Craig, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A prayer breakfast with character

    U.S. Army Maj. Ned Bartlebaugh, chaplain, discusses the character of a leader during the first Forward Operating Base Gamberi prayer breakfast Dec. 6, 2013. Bartlebaugh serves as the brigade chaplain for 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division...

  • U.S. Army Sgt. Patrick Faircloth plays jazz during the welcome portion of a prayer breakfast at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Dec. 6, 2013. Faircloth of Oklahoma City, is a saxophonist with the 101st Jazz Trio. This was the first prayer breakfast conducted at the FOB put on by Task Force Patriot's Unit Ministry Team. The event focused on the "Character of a Leader."  (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class E. L. Craig, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A prayer breakfast with character

    U.S. Army Sgt. Patrick Faircloth plays jazz during the welcome portion of a prayer breakfast at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Dec. 6, 2013. Faircloth of Oklahoma City, is a saxophonist with the 101st Jazz Trio. This was the first prayer breakfast...

  • U.S. Army Spc. Richard Anderson plays the guitar to open the first Forward Operating Base Gamberi prayer breakfast Dec. 6, 2013. Anderson, from Houston, Texas, plays the guitar weekly for Glory Chapel located on FOB Gamberi. He serves as a cavalry scout with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class E. L. Craig, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A prayer breakfast with character

    U.S. Army Spc. Richard Anderson plays the guitar to open the first Forward Operating Base Gamberi prayer breakfast Dec. 6, 2013. Anderson, from Houston, Texas, plays the guitar weekly for Glory Chapel located on FOB Gamberi. He serves as a cavalry...

  • U.S. Army Lt. Col. Kenneth Harrison and Command Sgt. Maj. Noe Salinas share a light moment during the first Forward Operating Base Gamberi prayer breakfast Dec. 6, 2013. Salinas serves as the senior enlisted adviser of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot and Harrison serves as the commander of 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th BCT, 10th Mtn. Div. The topic of the prayer breakfast was the "Character of a Leader." (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class E. L. Craig, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A prayer breakfast with character

    U.S. Army Lt. Col. Kenneth Harrison and Command Sgt. Maj. Noe Salinas share a light moment during the first Forward Operating Base Gamberi prayer breakfast Dec. 6, 2013. Salinas serves as the senior enlisted adviser of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th...

  • U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Brian Harmon gives a prayer for the soldiers deployed to Afghanistan as part of the opening of Forward Operating Base Gamberi's first prayer breakfast Dec. 6, 2013. Harmon serves as the brigade operations sergeant major with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. The prayer breakfast's topic was the "Character of a Leader."  (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class E. L. Craig, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A prayer breakfast with character

    U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Brian Harmon gives a prayer for the soldiers deployed to Afghanistan as part of the opening of Forward Operating Base Gamberi's first prayer breakfast Dec. 6, 2013. Harmon serves as the brigade operations sergeant major with 4th...

  • U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Cecil Hughes gives an opening prayer to begin the official portion of the first Forward Operating Base Gamberi prayer breakfast Dec. 6, 2013. Hughes' gave a prayer for the families who support the soldiers deployed to Afghanistan. He serves as the property book officer with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. The prayer breakfast's topic was the "Character of a Leader." (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class E. L. Craig, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A prayer breakfast with character

    U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Cecil Hughes gives an opening prayer to begin the official portion of the first Forward Operating Base Gamberi prayer breakfast Dec. 6, 2013. Hughes' gave a prayer for the families who support the soldiers deployed to...

  • U.S. Army Col. Mario Diaz listens during the first Forward Operating Base Gamberi prayer breakfast Dec. 6, 2013, as Command Sgt. Maj. Sheldon Moorer, looks on. Diaz serves as commander of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division and Moorer serves as the senior enlisted advisor for 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th BCT, 10th Mtn. Div. The prayer breakfast's topic was the "Character of a Leader." (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class E. L. Craig, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A prayer breakfast with character

    U.S. Army Col. Mario Diaz listens during the first Forward Operating Base Gamberi prayer breakfast Dec. 6, 2013, as Command Sgt. Maj. Sheldon Moorer, looks on. Diaz serves as commander of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division and Moorer...

  • U.S. Army Sgt. Eliza Balisacan listens during the first Forward Operating Base Gamberi prayer breakfast Dec. 6, 2013. Balisacan, a native of the Philippines, serves as the supply noncommissioned officer in charge for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. The prayer breakfast's topic was the "Character of a Leader." (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class E. L. Craig, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A prayer breakfast with character

    U.S. Army Sgt. Eliza Balisacan listens during the first Forward Operating Base Gamberi prayer breakfast Dec. 6, 2013. Balisacan, a native of the Philippines, serves as the supply noncommissioned officer in charge for Headquarters and Headquarters...

  • U.S. Army Master Sgt. Ronnie Rooks listens during the first Forward Operating Base Gamberi prayer breakfast Dec. 6, 2013. Rooks serves as the brigade food service adviser with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. The prayer breakfast's topic was the "Character of a Leader." (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class E. L. Craig, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A prayer breakfast with character

    U.S. Army Master Sgt. Ronnie Rooks listens during the first Forward Operating Base Gamberi prayer breakfast Dec. 6, 2013. Rooks serves as the brigade food service adviser with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. The prayer breakfast's...

  • U.S. Army Sgt 1st Class Tamika Tolbert (right) and Sgt 1st Class Sharoder Bonhomme smile for a picture before Forward Operating Base Gamberi's first prayer breakfast began Dec. 6, 2013. Both serve in the logistic section with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. The event focused on the character of a leader. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class E. L. Craig, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    A prayer breakfast with character

    U.S. Army Sgt 1st Class Tamika Tolbert (right) and Sgt 1st Class Sharoder Bonhomme smile for a picture before Forward Operating Base Gamberi's first prayer breakfast began Dec. 6, 2013. Both serve in the logistic section with 4th Brigade Combat Team...

LAGHMAN, Afghanistan - At seven thirty in the morning, many soldiers are working out, some may still be asleep, however, on Dec. 6, 2013, a group of soldiers and civilians came together for fellowship at Forward Operating Base Gamberi's dining facility.

The 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division's Chaplain Office hosted a prayer breakfast. "The character of a leader" was the event's focal topic.

"Character is the foundational building block for good leadership, because it's with good positive character that you build trust and gain a positive influence over the people you serve with," said Maj. Ned Bartlebaugh, chaplain, brigade chaplain, 4th BCT, 10th Mtn. Div.

The event officially began with Sgt. Maj. Brian Harmon, brigade combat team operations sergeant major, delivering a prayer for the 4th BCT, 10th Mtn. Div. soldiers and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Cecil Hughes offering a separate prayer for the families supporting [deployed soldiers] at Fort Polk, La.

The BCT commander and senior enlisted adviser and their subordinate battalion command teams were all present for the prayer breakfast.

"We've been deployed for about three to four months, so we're in that middle mark," said Bartlebaugh. "We have Christmas coming up and I felt like we needed to do something different that would take us from the daily grind but allow us to focus on something that would help us complete our mission."

The 101st Jazz Trio performed during the welcoming portion of the event, followed by Spc. Richard Anderson, 4th BCT, 10th Mtn. Div., who sang two Christian songs.

One senior noncommissioned officer in attendance thought the event's topic was fitting.

"At this point in a deployment... soldiers start missing their families and that's when things that shouldn't happen sometimes do," said Master Sgt. Ronnie Rooks, food service adviser, 4th BCT, 10th Mtn. Div. "So I think it' s a message we all needed [in order] to give us that extra push to make it back home."

Bartlebaugh chose this topic for a very specific reason.
"Each individual's character, from private to general, has an impact and reflection on the unit as a whole," said Bartlebaugh. "Everybody that's here is a leader and we ought to be leaders of character in our homes, in the workplace or in the community, preferably all three."

Fitting the chaplain's focus of character extending past the gates of the Army, Rook's definition of character is more about the person and less about the occupation.

"Character tells you who I am," said Rooks. "It lets you know what I stand for, what I'm willing to accept, and what I'm willing to do and it's something I won't sacrifice."

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