President Barack Obama bestows the Medal of Honor to retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins in the East Room of the White House, Sept. 15, 2014.  Adkins distinguished himself during 38 hours of close-combat fighting against enemy forces on March 9 to 12, 1966.  At that time, then-Sgt. 1st Class Adkins was serving as an Intelligence Sergeant with 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces at Camp "A Shau", in the Republic of Vietnam.  During the 38-hour battle and 48-hours of escape and evasion, Adkins fought with mortars, machine guns, recoilless rifles, small arms, and hand grenades, killing an estimated 135 - 175 of the enemy and sustaining 18 different wounds.  (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller/Released)

Two Vietnam War Soldiers receive Medal of Honor

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat were awarded Medals of Honor for valor in Vietnam, during a ceremony at the White House, Sept. 15, 2014....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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