Private First Class Gbain Augustine, left, a trumpeter in the Armed Forces of Liberia, bumps elbows with Capt. Mike Jones, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion chaplain, 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division, Joint Forces Command - United Assistance, after Sunday morning church service in Monrovia, Liberia, Nov. 16, 2014. Chaplains serve as the commander's subject matter expert on religion and the morality of the unit as well as provide worship services and counseling. The chaplains also bring those same services to Soldiers deployed to outlying camps in more remote locations. Bumping elbows has replaced hand shaking in an effort to reduce the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease. Operation United Assistance is a Department of Defense operation in Liberia to provide logistics, training and engineering support to U.S. Agency for International Development-led efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in western Africa. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods, 27th Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

Chaplains bring hope, unity to service members, Liberians

When Lt. Col. David Bowlus, 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division chaplain, Joint Forces Command - United Assistance, thought about his next deployment, he assumed it would be to a combat zone. Over the past 20 years, this Soldier's deployment......READ MORE

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Mission Statement:
The U.S. Army Chaplain Corps provides religious support to America's Army while assisting commanders in ensuring the right of free exercise of religion for all Soldiers. In short, we nurture the living, care for the wounded, and honor the fallen.

Vision Statement:
Religious and Spiritual Leadership for the Army Family.


Since July 29, 1775, approximately 25,000 Army Chaplains have served as religious and spiritual leaders for 25 million Soldiers and their Families. From military installations to deployed combat units and from service schools to military hospitals, Army Chaplains and Chaplain Assistants have performed their ministries in the most religiously diverse organization in the world. Always present with their Soldiers in war and in peace, Army Chaplains have served in more than 270 major wars and combat engagements. Nearly 300 Army Chaplains have laid down their lives in battle. Eight members of the Chaplain Corps have been awarded the Medal of Honor. Their love of God, Country and the American Soldier has been a beacon of light and a message of hope for all those who have served our nation. Currently, over 3,000 Chaplains are serving the Total Army representing over 140 different religious organizations.

Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Donald Rutherford Sergeant Major Alvin Chaplin

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