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  • Soldiers travel to VBC to celebrate the Jewish New Year

    Sep 24, 2014

    As the years add up on the 21st century, another calendar is more than 3000 years ahead of today.

  • 'Spiritual fitness can help lighten your load'

    Sep 23, 2014

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Instead of hitting the road, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Soldiers hit their knees (so to speak) to work out another aspect of fitness Sept. 12. During a time usually designated as physical training, Soldiers gathered to hear inspirational words and song at a quarterly Prayer Breakfast assembly in the Community Activity Center to bolster spiritual fitness.

  • Unit ministry teams train to combat Paratrooper suicide

    Sep 17, 2014

    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 suicide within the ranks of the Army.

  • Service members at KAF 'Run for the Fallen' on 9/11

    Sep 16, 2014

    For 13 years, Soldiers from all over the world have fallen in the fight against terrorism. In the afternoon haze on Sept. 10 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, coalition service members began running to remember those fallen.

  • Two Vietnam War Soldiers receive Medal of Honor

    Sep 15, 2014

    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.

  • Vietnam veteran carries old scars as symbol of resiliency

    Sep 15, 2014

    Sinking hopelessly to the bottom of a river in the middle of Vietnam, the skin burning from his face and chest, Dave Roever knew he was done.

  • Building stronger bonds

    Sep 15, 2014

    How important is it to have a strong bond in a relationship?

  • Service members remember 9/11 in Kandahar Airfield ceremony

    Sep 15, 2014

    American and NATO service members from units around Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, gathered at the Boardwalk in what was the last 9/11 remembrance ceremony to be held by troops during Operation Enduring Freedom, Sept. 11, 2014.

  • In suicide prevention, repairing problems earliest is best

    Sep 12, 2014

    People considering suicide as an option may be dealing with one small issue left unrepaired, or they may be dealing with multiple issues. Typically, issues, whatever they may be, start out small and grow over time.

  • Kenner expert discusses grief, resilience in wake of shooting

    Sep 12, 2014

    It is important to distinguish the difference between normal grief and depression. When an individual loses someone or something dear to them, it's natural to feel pain and grief. The grief process is normal, and most people go through it. But when grief takes over a life and an individual begins to feel hopeless, helpless and worthless, then it's time to talk to a doctor.

  • Hainerberg Chapel opens for Night of the Churches

    Sep 10, 2014

    Hainerberg Chapel opens for Night of the Churches

  • Soldiers connect with community during Tough Mudder

    Sep 9, 2014

    "When they see us representing the Army and our units, they make the connection that we are team players and people who are willing to help out other people. They see that it's not just about the Army and their little group, it's about the Army being part of the community."

  • Religious support teams promote spiritual health

    Sep 4, 2014

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Spiritual health is one of the five pillars of the Army's Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program. The Army Chaplain Corps is charged with maintaining that pillar to the highest caliber to ensure Soldiers are spiritually fit -- on and off duty.

  • Staff ride emphasizes spiritual fitness, resiliency

    Sep 3, 2014

    Army Public Health Command employees participated in a staff ride held Aug. 28 that included a tour of many USAPHC buildings with information about their history.

  • Signs of suicide: Watching your buddy's "6"

    Aug 29, 2014

    We must continue to support our fellow Soldiers because one suicide is too many.

  • Post Leaders Stand Up For Wellness

    Aug 27, 2014

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- As both a government entity and an employer of a 37,000-member workforce, Redstone Arsenal and its tenants are on the front line of the Army's commitment to ensuring a ready and resilient workforce among civilian employees.

  • Army National Guard Chaplains: Past and Present (Part 1)

    Aug 26, 2014

    Chaplains in the Army National Guard have been providing spiritual guidance and counseling to Soldiers since before the birth of the country, either at home or abroad.

  • Garrison's New Chaplain Returns To Spiritual Roots

    Aug 25, 2014

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Gary Payne has come home to where he found God.

  • RST supports spiritual health through competition, praise

    Aug 25, 2014

    Religious Support Teams throughout Afghanistan met Aug. 19 & 20, 2014, at Bagram Air Field for a conference focused on spiritual health, counseling, and how each RST will carry on as the mission shifts from Operation Enduring Freedom to Resolute Support.

  • TAMC Hosts CPE Graduation

    Aug 22, 2014

    Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) honors eight graduates from its first ever Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Accredited Intern Program on August 11, 2014.

  • Clergy attend Fort Jackson ministry forum

    Aug 21, 2014

    Members of the local clergy and post chaplains gathered Aug. 19, 2014, at the Fort Jackson Officers' Club to learn about on- and off-post resources available to service members who worship at local churches.

  • National Guard creates new Chaplain Corps Handbook

    Aug 19, 2014

    In an effort to provide Army National Guard Chaplain Ministry Teams an updated reference for their operations at the tactical level, the Army National Guard's Training Analysis Feedback Team, stationed at Mission Training Complex- Leavenworth developed and released the Chaplain Corps Handbook.

  • Chaplain Lt. Col. Coyle retires

    Aug 19, 2014

    Lt. Col. Edward Coyle, chaplain of the 213th Regional Support Group and a Girardville native, celebrated his final mass in uniform Aug. 3 at the Allentown Readiness Center.

  • 'Devil Brigade' Soldiers stand ready and resilient A Soldier's journey through depression

    Aug 19, 2014

    Spc. Nathan Anderson, air defense battle system operator with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., has been fighting a silent battle against sadness, anxiety, and depression since arriving to the region more than a month ago.

  • Camp Zama youth members experience 'Rainforest' adventures during Vacation Bible School

    Aug 13, 2014

    About 105 Camp Zama youth members participated in the "SonQuest Rainforest Vacation Bible School" held Aug. 4 through Aug. 8 at the Camp Zama Religious Education Center on the installation, here.

  • Chaplains assess readiness, plan strategies for coming year

    Aug 13, 2014

    The U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Chaplain Strategic Operational Readiness and Training Assessment Forum took place Aug. 10-13, 2014, at the command's Marshall Hall headquarters complex at Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • Family Life chaplains complete training

    Aug 12, 2014

    The Fort Benning Family Life Training Center graduated its newest class of chaplains Aug. 7 at The Infantry Chapel.

  • Strong Bonds program builds stronger Soldiers, Families

    Aug 7, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Building Army Family resiliency is part of a strategic approach to cope with the high operational demand placed on today's Army. One way of doing this is through the Strong Bonds program.

  • Troopers Take Part in Resiliency Week

    Aug 7, 2014

    Troopers from the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse) participated in a week-long training event July 28 to Aug. 1, as part of Fort Irwin's focus on resiliency.

  • Kids find a little bit of Heaven at Vacation Bible School

    Aug 7, 2014

    DAEGU GARRISON - The 2014 edition of Vacation Bible School, held at the Daegu American School on Camp George, was a resounding success, attended by nearly two-thirds of elementary school-aged children in Area IV who were mentored by more than 120 volunteers!

  • Family Life Chaplains, Part II: Strong Bonds and Beyond

    Aug 6, 2014

    Part two of an exploration of the history and impact of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps' Family Life program within our Army in a two part series.

  • Why am I still thinking about deployment?

    Aug 1, 2014

    If the memories of a traumatic event are causing serious problems in your life, talk with a medical professional, behavioral health provider or chaplain.

  • New Recruits and the Chaplain Corps' Dedication to Soldier Wellness

    Aug 1, 2014

    Soldier difficulties and the Chaplain Corps' dedication to holistic Soldier wellness.

  • Wiesbaden Honors 239th Anniversary of the Chaplain Corps

    Jul 31, 2014

    WIESBADEN, Germany (July 29, 2014) -- Nearly 100 Soldiers, civilians and family members gathered at the Little Italy Restaurant on Clay Kaserne to celebrate the 239th anniversary of the U.S. Army Chaplains Corps.

  • Family Life Chaplains, Part I: The creation of the Family Life program

    Jul 30, 2014

    Exploring the history and impact of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps' Family Life program within our Army over a two part series.

  • Chaplains commemorate 239th anniversary of Chaplain Corps

    Jul 30, 2014

    Paratroopers and family members gathered at Sicily Drop Zone at Fort Bragg to celebrate the 239th anniversary of the Army's Chaplain Corps, July 24.

  • III Corps welcomes new command chaplain

    Jul 29, 2014

    Fort Hood and III Corps celebrated the Chaplain Corps' anniversary and the passing of the III Corps stole in a ceremony held July 17 at the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel.

  • Chaplains remember Vietnam-era chaplains during 239th Anniversary

    Jul 29, 2014

    On July 25, 2014, the Chaplain Corps celebrates its 239th Anniversary by honoring those Chaplains and Chaplain Assistants who served in the Vietnam War.

  • Trekking back in time

    Jul 22, 2014

    Laughter filled the air as dozens of children ran around the main post chapel on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., during the Wilderness Escape Vacation Bible School July 14-18.

  • Wounded Warrior Hears Call To Ministry

    Jul 22, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- One small piece of paper. That's all it took to remind then Lt. Jared Vineyard of his faith in God. And it was a reminder that he sorely needed.

  • SD Guard shares knowledge with Suriname military on reserve force operations

    Jul 21, 2014

    The South Dakota National Guard hosted three key leaders from the Suriname Armed Forces at Camp Rapid, in Rapid City, S.D., July 10-14, 2014, to share information on the structure and operational processes of the National Guard as a reserve force.

  • 'Devil' brigade sponsors spouse resiliency skills weekend

    Jul 21, 2014

    Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, sponsored a three-day military skills and resiliency retreat for spouses of deployed Soldiers June 27 to 29 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Topeka, Kan.

  • Remembering fallen comrades with a celebration of life ceremony

    Jul 21, 2014

    Soldiers assigned to the 110th Transportation Company, 419th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, held a remembrance ceremony July 18 here for two heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice on the company's previous deployment in 2012.

  • Healing Soldiers with Horses

    Jul 18, 2014

    While deployed, he was on the road for 10 days driving from Kuwait to Iraq. He endured attacks from improvised explosive devices, mortars, sniper fire and small arms fire. Now, retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Bobby Hoops, a former motor transport operator, hangs his head low as he recounts a deployment he considers "one of the worst for truck drivers."

  • Army Reserve chaplains support RIMPAC mass casualty exercise

    Jul 18, 2014

    Eight Army Reserve chaplains and chaplain candidates from the 9th Mission Support Command provided pastoral support to mock casualties during a Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) training exercise on Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, and Tripler Army Medical Center on July 11, 2014.

  • Chaplain's spiritual roadmap steered her to military service

    Jul 17, 2014

    A single moment of clarity during her college years led Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Paige K. Heard into a life of service to the Lord.

  • Chaplains Assist With 2014's RIMPAC Exercise

    Jul 17, 2014

    Active Duty chaplains from Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC), along with chaplains from the Reserve, Navy, Tripler Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Intern program candidates from 9th Mission Support Command, and the Combined Joint Task Force, joined efforts in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 Mass Casualty (MASCAL) exercise July 11, 2014.

  • Muslim Soldiers, battle buddies learn about Ramadan

    Jul 16, 2014

    Muslim Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment gathered at the Main Post Chapel July 12, 2014, to learn about Islam and to partake in the fast breaking, or iftar.

  • Spiritual Soldiers tailor training for mission accomplishment

    Jul 15, 2014

    Chaplains and chaplain assistants assigned to the 10th Sustainment Brigade, conducted their religious support team training with the brigade's unit ministry team July 10 here.

  • Seminar offers free getaways for couples

    Jul 15, 2014

    If you are looking for a couples retreat, look no further than the seminars given at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina.

  • Army chaplain seeks unity among American, Latvian soldiers

    Jul 10, 2014

    Forging friendships helps remove barriers during training

  • Pentagon hosts 16th Annual Iftar dinner

    Jul 10, 2014

    The Pentagon held its 16th Annual Iftar dinner July 1, in celebration of Ramadan and in recognition of the 4,500 Muslim Americans in uniform and the additional 1,000 civilians and contractors who work for the Department of Defense.

  • Chaplains' ministry to Nazis explored in "Mission at Nuremberg"

    Jun 30, 2014

    In his book, "Mission at Nuremberg," author Tim Townsend tells the fascinating story of Army chaplains Henry Gerecke and Sixtus O'Connor, who ministered to the Nazis on trial at Nuremberg, Germany, in the aftermath of WWII in 1945-1946. This largely untold story takes the reader into the cells of the accused and the courtroom where their crimes against humanity were prosecuted.

  • The Underdog

    Jun 26, 2014

    School's out, and this one man takes off his graduation cap and puts on a patrol cap. Another chapter in this young man's life begins. Being raised to help people, whether offering advice to his wrestling team or joining the Knights of Columbus through his church, this upstanding 19-year-old chooses to help another way and steps into the recruiting office.

  • A Soldiers' guide to Ramadan

    Jun 26, 2014

    The holy month of Ramadan is a time of fasting, prayer and charity for Muslims. As they prepare to observe the practices of Ramadan, Soldiers stationed in the Middle East must be mindful of how their actions may be perceived by Muslims during this time.

  • Chaplain Downrange: Daily Ministry with the Troops

    Jun 26, 2014

    Chaplain (Capt.) Andrea Baker describes her daily routine of ministry and counseling as a battalion chaplain in Afghanistan.

  • Fort Belvoir Jewish Congregation honors 6 with 2nd Bar Mitzvah

    Jun 26, 2014

    It's a coveted rite of passage, signifying that one has lived a full life of 70 years from the time they first came of age in the Jewish faith. Nowhere was that more true than at the Fort Belvoir Chapel, June 23, as six distinguished senior citizens -- including four World War II veterans -- from the Fort Belvoir Jewish Congregation received their second Bar Mitzvah.

  • USARCENT uses ministry forum to partner with community

    Jun 20, 2014

    As the Army and the battlefield continue to transition, Soldiers are faced with more stress in life than ever before. As a result, chaplains continue to be called upon to act as everything from marriage counselor to career advisor to spiritual therapist. Fortunately, local agencies are partnering with Army chaplains to help minister and care for Soldiers and their families.

  • Soldiers participate in relationship enrichment training

    Jun 18, 2014

    The importance of growing personally as well as finding ways to relief stress is an important part of any well-balanced lifestyle. For service members it is no different. Especially for military reserve members that can experience stress while at annual training when they are away from home as well as stress at home. For Soldiers participating in the Quartermaster Liquid Logistic Exercise 2014 in Fort Lewis, Wash., relief of stress comes in the way of relationship enrichment training provided by Army Chaplain Maj. Sang Kim with the 380th Quarter Master Battalion out of Evansville, Ind.

  • Tripler Army Medical Center combats homelessness

    Jun 16, 2014

    On the dawn of the Army's 239th Birthday, Oahu area Soldiers, along with community partners rolled up their sleeves to serve the island's most needy neighbors -- Hawaii's homeless.

  • Chaplains provide stability during a crisis

    Jun 13, 2014

    Contingency management in the National Capital Region was the theme of the 8th annual military and civilian chaplain interagency conference held at the Spates Community Club and Conference Center on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., June 11, 2014.

  • Enlightened training

    Jun 10, 2014

    For the last 25 years, chaplains and chaplains' assistants throughout U.S. Army Pacific have come together annually to participate in some devotion, prayer and like all Soldiers, training. More than 80 combined USARPAC chaplains and chaplains' assistants attended the Chaplaincy Annual Sustainment Training held at the Joseph Estabrook Chapel on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe, Hawaii from June 5-6.

  • Unit Ministry Teams Host Cultural Exchange with Kuwait Ministry of Defense

    Jun 9, 2014

    On May 12, Active Duty, Army Reserve and National Guard UMT personnel deployed to Kuwait had the opportunity to learn how the Kuwait military takes care of the religious needs of its Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines at a religious and cultural affairs information exchange program with staff members from the Kuwait Ministry of Defense Directorate of Moral Guidance and Public Relations (DMG).

  • Chaplain treats mind and soul

    Jun 9, 2014

    As the warriors of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team practiced force-on-force operations at the National Training Center, here, stress levels were running high. Chaplain (Maj.) David R. Schlichter, 2nd SBCT, provided them a safe place to vent their hardships.

  • Team does heroic chaplain's walk

    Jun 5, 2014

    Pilsen, Kan. -- Three chaplains, seven chaplain assistants and two family members led by Fort Sill Installation Chaplain (Col.) Matthew Pawlikowski and Staff Sgt. Braden Meyer, 214th Fires Brigade chaplain assistant, completed the three-day, 60-mile Pilsen Pilgrimage, May 30 to June 1 across Kansas from Wichita to Pilsen.

  • Teach thy neighbor: Middle school students learn English from Soldiers

    Jun 4, 2014

    U.S. service members are visitors to the Republic of Korea and it is important to foster positive relations with our host nation. U.S. Forces Korea, peninsula wide operates the Good Neighbor Program to assist the U.S. military in making and keeping positive, friendly relations, and maintaining a strong alliance.

  • The Transformational Power of a Solid Commander Chaplain Relationship

    Jun 4, 2014

    Chaplains are special staff officers who advise commanders on religion, ethics, morals, and morale. This article outlines best practices regarding the important relationship between chaplain and commander to proactively address issues and dynamics in their unit formations.

  • Eagle Scout creates memorial for former chapel

    Jun 3, 2014

    For years, the site of the former Fort Benning Catholic Chapel on Main Post remained empty after an electrical fire destroyed the building in January of 2002. That was until 15-year-old Kevin Yanoschik decided to use his Eagle Scout project to turn the area into a historical landmark.

  • Fighting suicide: spotlight on male Soldiers

    May 30, 2014

    June is Men's Health Month and an opportunity to focus on our male Soldiers.

  • First Team welcomes new division chaplain

    May 30, 2014

    Soldiers, family and friends gathered at the 1st Cavalry Division Memorial Chapel here to witness the 1st Cavalry Division welcome its new division chaplain during a Change of Stole Ceremony May 21.

  • Raptors remember those who paid ultimate sacrifice

    May 29, 2014

    "If it be my lot to die, let me do so with courage and honor in a manner which will bring the greatest harm to the enemy and please, oh Lord, protect and guide those I shall leave behind," an excerpt from "A Soldier's Prayer" by Gen. George S Patton II. Hundreds of Soldiers and civilians stationed at Kandahar Airfield participated in a Memorial Day prayer dinner May 26, hosted by the Task Force Raptor ministry team as a way to pay tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

  • US troops carry 2,500 pounds of food, supplies to remote village in Honduras

    May 29, 2014

    More than 120 members of Joint Task Force-Bravo, with the support of Joint Task Force-Bravo's Joint Security Forces and the Honduran military, completed a volunteer seven-mile round-trip hike to deliver 2,500 pounds of food and supplies to families in need in the mountain village of El Tamarindo outside Comayagua, Honduras, May 17, 2014.

  • Fort Gordon remembers fallen heroes

    May 29, 2014

    Individuals gathered for the Survivor Outreach Service Warrior Remembrance ceremony May 22 held at Freedom Park. As the nation prepared to honor its fallen military heroes over the Memorial Day holiday, so did Fort Gordon.

  • Quad Cities community joins Rock Island Arsenal for prayer luncheon

    May 29, 2014

    Members of the Quad Cities religious community joined Arsenal Island chaplains for the 4th Annual Rock Island Arsenal Prayer Luncheon May 28 at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill.

  • All American Prayer Breakfast celebrates spiritual resiliency

    May 27, 2014

    Maj. Gen. Donald Rutherford, the 23rd chief of the chaplains, spoke at the All American Prayer Breakfast, May 20. In keeping with this year's 82nd Airborne Division All American Week theme of "Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and the Paratrooper," Rutherford highlighted the story of Col. Rueben Henry Tucker of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, who led his men with new strength to repulse an overwhelming counterattack and save the Salerno beachhead in September 1943.

  • Chaplains honor, remember the fallen at 'Flags-In'

    May 23, 2014

    U.S. Army Chaplain's from across the National Capital Region participated in the annual Flags-In ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day.

  • Marriage 101: Communication a key component to a healthy relationship

    May 22, 2014

    Marriage is a huge step in anyone's life, and the Fort Rucker Religious Support Office wants to make sure that people on the installation are ready before making that commitment.

  • Chaplain works alongside troops in Guatemala

    May 20, 2014

    Lt. Col. John Meyer, chaplain and his assistant Pfc. Josiah Williams, both of the 372nd Engineer Brigade of Minnesota, joined a rotation of soldiers from all over the world during Beyond the Horizon 2014 - Guatemala. Beyond the Horizon is a joint partnership between the United States and Central and South America and the Caribbean to bring medical, dental, and engineering programs to the local communities.

  • Fort Bliss spouse donates kidney

    May 20, 2014

    A Fort Bliss spouse traveled across the country to save a life. April Scott, the wife of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jeffery Scott, unit movement officer for 4th Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, traveled to Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta to donate a kidney to her son's former fifth grade teacher, Stephanie Barnes. The transplant will give Barnes a second chance at life.

  • Why I Serve: Selfless service begins with promise

    May 20, 2014

    The frantic pace of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team's training rotation at the National Training Center could not stop Chaplain (Maj.) Michael McDonald, brigade chaplain, 1st ABCT, 1st Infantry Division, from organizing a post-wide Passover celebration for his Soldiers.

  • Students near Shindand get new supplies, shoes

    May 20, 2014

    The 2nd SOB mullahs, religious cultural advisers, along with commandos, conducted their first Afghan RCA-led mission May 14 to bring school supplies to that boy's school and a nearby girl's school.

  • Korean War POW recalls Army chaplain's heroic acts

    May 15, 2014

    A Korean War vet described an Army chaplain as the greatest person he's ever know during the Fort Sill National Day of Prayer Luncheon May 8.

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training offered to Michigan National Guardsmen

    May 15, 2014

    Depending on which national news source one listens to or reads, a person may obtain a varying understanding of the rate of suicides across the military community. A November 2013 Huffington Post article stated that the number of military personnel who died by suicide had dropped by 22 percent from the previous year. In April 2014, an online article written for USA Today stated that the rate of suicide in the military was slightly higher than reported due to an arithmetic error in the way the calculations were figured.

  • History remembered: Casey's cross

    May 15, 2014

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 210th Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, hike the steep incline of a nearby mountain through deciduous forest on a path long hidden by brown broad leaves from seasons past, May 10, Camp Casey, South Korea.

  • 10th Regional Support Group Unit Ministry Team conducts relationship training Okinawa-style

    May 14, 2014

    Single Soldiers of the 10th Regional Support Group Headquarters and Headquarters Company conducted relationship training March 24 at Okuma Recreation Facility, Okinawa Japan. Soldiers were taught by the 78th Signal Battalion's Chaplain Mike Jernigan of Fayetteville, North Carolina, in the beautiful Okinawa outdoors to learn how to foster positive relationships.

  • World War II veteran shares life of selfless service

    May 8, 2014

    FORT SILL, Okla. May 8, 2014 -- May 8, 1945, Allied forces celebrated victory over the German army; after four hard years of war American service members were ready to go home and get on with their lives. Pfc. Hall Duncan was one of those GIs, but wasn't eligible to return stateside as he didn't have enough points to qualify to leave.

  • Chaplains prep for commemorative walk

    May 8, 2014

    FORT SILL, Okla. May 8, 2014 -- Staff Sgt. Braden Meyer, 214th Fires Brigade chaplain assistant, and Fort Sill installation chaplain (Col.) Matthew Pawlikowski, are working together to organize a team of chaplains and chaplain assistants to participate in the annual Pilsen Pilgrimage.

  • 'There's Nothing Else Beyond Helping Others'

    May 7, 2014

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In the jungles of Vietnam, through the challenges of leading Soldiers as a top noncommissioned officer in the 1970s, '80s and early '90s, and as a counselor to today's veterans, Charlie Miller continues to wear the shield of God.

  • National Day of Prayer breakfast celebrates unity

    May 7, 2014

    The Fort Belvoir Garrison Chaplains Office hosted the 2014 National Day of Prayer breakfast, May 1 at the Officers' Club. Guest speaker, retired Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Douglas Carver, the 22nd Army Chief of Chaplains, discussed this year's theme, "One voice united in prayer," and reminded everyone of the importance of spiritual discipline.

  • Chaplain Mel Baars O'Malley: Room for all of us

    May 5, 2014

    U.S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Mel Baars O'Malley offers a reflection on her experience as a female chaplain. "It is in military chaplaincy, perhaps more than anywhere else in the religious world, that people from every theological background are thrown together and forced to find a way forward," O'Malley said.

  • Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

    May 2, 2014

    3d ESC Soldiers participate in a Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony April 28 at the New Kabul Compound chapel.

  • The Life of Chaplain Oanca

    May 2, 2014

    Chaplain Oanca was born raised and became a priest in Romania but after his daughter was born with severe birth defects is life changed forever.

  • Religious community working together to combat Moral Injury

    Apr 29, 2014

    Caregivers including clergy have always helped service members manage moral injury as they continue to fight personal battles after returning home from war. But as more and more Veterans begin to reintegrate back into civilian life after tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is continued interest in moral injury within the medical and religious fields. This article discusses the concept of moral injury to include religious approaches to caring for affected Veterans.

  • Mobile Ministry

    Apr 25, 2014

    Fort Irwin, Calif -- As the United States Army draws down from armed conflicts, the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, also known as the Blackhorse Regiment, has brought new life to mobile ministry, a concept that defines the Chaplain Corps of the U.S. Army. It has become an important part of life for some Troopers of the 11th ACR.

  • Fort Hood ministry teams care for, counsel Soldiers, families in aftermath of tragedy

    Apr 23, 2014

    In the aftermath of the April 2, 2014, Fort Hood shooting, Chaplains and chaplain assistants coordinated coverage to provide counseling and care to the Army family.

  • 5th Signal Command first sergeant uses Army training to save local boy's life.

    Apr 23, 2014

    The following is a first-person account of events that transpired on April 20, 2014. MONS, Belgium (Apr. 20, 2014) -- On Easter, April 20, 2014, my wife and I planned on taking our three sons to the Jemappes Park just outside of Mons. They were supposed to have an Easter Egg hunt for the local children. When we awoke that Sunday morning it was fairly cool outside with a forecast of scattered showers so we were undecided whether we would go to the park or not. At about 1 p.m. we decided that we would go, although the Easter Egg hunt was over.

  • Military Chaplains host Easter service

    Apr 22, 2014

    Hundreds of visitors gathered at Arlington National Cemetery's Memorial Amphitheater to watch the sunrise during the annual Easter Sunrise Service hosted by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington's Command Chaplain in Arlington, Va., April 20, 2014.

  • April is National Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month

    Apr 21, 2014

    Across the United States, April is recognized as National Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month. The Department of Defense is committed to moving toward a culture free of sexual assault and encourages all members of the military and civilians within the Department to follow the theme: "Live Our Values: Step Up To Stop Sexual Assault."

  • 709th MP Battalion Equips, Empowers and Educates in the Pursuit of Eliminating Sexual Assault

    Apr 18, 2014

    SHARP Stand-Down Day Equips, Empowers and Educates local Soldiers in the Pursuit of Eliminating Sexual Assault.

  • New Picatinny chaplain adjusts to new assignment

    Apr 18, 2014

    Replacing the Picatinny chaplain, Lt. Col. Kwon Pyo., the asrenal's new chaplain Lt. Col. David Jacob shares his plans and goals while at Picatinny Arsenal.

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