Jerry Swanner, director of the suicide-intervention training company LivingWorks, speaks to chaplains and chaplain assistants from throughout the 82nd Airborne Division, Sept. 10, at Fort Bragg, N.C., during a Division-level training event hosted by 1st Brigade Combat Team. Swanner's discussion centered on answering the fundamental question of why Paratroopers choose to die by suicide, and how, in knowing the reason, Army leaders can enhance Paratroopers' ability to cope during difficult times. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mary S. Katzenberger, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division)

Unit ministry teams train to combat Paratrooper suicide

Chaplains and chaplain assistants from units throughout the 82nd Airborne Division came together on Fort Bragg, Sept. 10, to participate in team-building activities and receive training on how they can help unit leaders and Paratroopers prevent......READ MORE

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MISSION

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.

LEADERS

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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