There's a new chaplain in town
July 26, 2010
He describes himself as an introvert, "but I'll let you think I'm an extrovert," says Chaplain (LT. Col.-P) Kenneth Revell, new chaplain for Fort Huachuca's garrison, meaning he works well with one-on-one counseling, but can perform in an extrovert fashion.
In April, Revell traveled across the country to Fort Huachuca from Fort Bragg, N.C., accompanied by his wife, Anna; niece, Debra; and son, Chris, who resides in Durham, N.C.
Revell, a native of New York, has spent 23 years in the Army as a chaplain, and about 10 of those years were spent in the airborne community, which he says helps him understand some of the deployment issues and the "ruggedness of Soldiering." He believes those 10 years were a very valuable experience because he's able to help people who have been down similar roads he's traveled.
His entrance into the chaplaincy is what he describes as a "leap of fate." He decided to enter the Army and chaplaincy after meeting a Vietnam-era chaplain who had, what Revell describes as, a profound love for the military. "I believe my calling generated out of a conversation we had one morning over breakfast," he adds.
Revell says while at Fort Huachuca he wants to build a team that people want to be a part of, and believes in order to build that team he must possess a vision, be demanding, share a credit, and approach those traits with a sense of passion and purpose.
"'Team' is a concept everybody has to get very, very used to," he notes.
This is the first time Revell has been a garrison chaplain and notes that being a unit chaplain is different because,+ when in a unit, the chaplain is part of the team that takes care of the unit as they prepare to go downrange.
He says currently he's figuring out the clientele he's ministering to and reminds himself not to be intimidated by complexity and new ideas, noting, "I often say don't let your frustrations frustrate you."
He says his job as the installation chaplain is different because he must focus on taking care of matters here, while the [Soldiers] are downrange fighting the war.
Revell explains that regardless of where you are, the chaplain mission is threefold: nurture the living, care for the wounded, and honor the dead. "Every chaplain does that at any level," he adds.
Revell's endorser is Grace Churches International, which he describes as a non-denominational protestant group.
He's says he's unsure if he will have a congregation to preach to while here, but notes he will speak to all the Chapel's congregations, with the exception of Catholic, because within the mass and certain doctrines of the Catholic church there are certain things Revell cannot do and vice-versa.
Revell serves with four chaplains in the Main Post Chapel, who work in conjunction with the other chaplains from the different brigades.
"We figure out a way to hold hands and take care of the folks so all the chapels always have preachers," he explains noting he has resource ministry to bring to the table, as well as being a coach, teacher and mentor by being able to gather together existing assets, to make ministry happen.
"We collaborate as best as we can, we communicate as best as we can, we coordinate as best as we can," Revell says, adding the other chaplains on post are available to help him with death notifications, gravesite services and calls that come in from causality assistance.
Revell says he arrived here early because he anticipated learning a lot of new information.
"We talk about the adaptable leaders [in the Army] and the chaplaincy needs to be just as much adaptable, so I have to come in this place like I'm going to be here forever," he explains. "This is my flock, and that flock has to have the confidence that the guy at the top is really going to take care of them."
"I am so happy to be here, I can't believe that I get to do this," he says, adding, "I look at this as a place for me to grow."