Soldiers assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, celebrated Catholic Mass at Combat Outpost Charkh here Dec. 10.

This was the first Mass offered at COP Charkh since August due to the non-availability of a Catholic chaplain.

"In the holy Mass, we receive spiritual strength from God to persevere," said Spokane, Wash., native U.S. Army Chaplain (Maj.) James J. Peak, a chaplain assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 101st Airborne Division.

Soldiers from COP Charkh make enemy contact nearly every day. Such activity leads some Soldiers to embrace their faith more strongly.

"This is the first Mass I have celebrated in nearly 15 years," said Dallas native U.S. Army Spc. Angel Diaz, a combat medic assigned to Co. B. "Mass has helped bring me closer to God, which is good in this environment."

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