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  • Witness to assassination recalls days with King

    Jan 24, 2011

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The Rev. Samuel "Billy" Kyles, who was with Dr. Martin Luther King when an assassin's bullet felled him on the second-floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, spoke to an audience of Soldiers and military employees during a commemorative ceremony at Aberdeen Proving Ground Jan. 6.

  • Special delivery

    Jan 24, 2011

    Soldier uses Skype to coach wife, help deliver baby from Afghanistan

  • Soldier reflects on how humans pull together - regardless of faith

    Jan 21, 2011

    Avi Behar, a 23-year-old lieutenant from Cherry Hill, N.J., was deployed to command a convoy mission in western Afghanistan last August, just a month before the Jewish new year. Since he was profiled in the Jewish Exponent, the young officer has shared occasional letters about his experiences.

  • Chaplain Fleury brings healing touch to High Desert

    Jan 13, 2011

    Fort Irwin and National Training Center chaplain Lt. Col. Joseph Fleury had dreams of healing others as a child, but in the physical rather than the spiritual sense. However, all that changed when he was knocked out of bed at the tender age of 14 and answered the call to the priesthood a year later. The next 40 years have been marked by 30 moves around the globe as Chaplain Fleury is a healer of spirits and souls.

  • Secretary of the Army visits Fort Leonard Wood USO

    Jan 6, 2011

  • With his mission complete Chaplain Newton leaves the High Desert

    Jan 5, 2011

    Much like Nehemiah, who rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem in the fifth century B.C., Chaplain (Col.) Dennis Newton arrived at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin with a similar God-given task and almost three years later, his work is done as he heads to Fort Rucker, Ala.

  • Suicide Prevention Alliance focuses on troops, veterans

    Jan 4, 2011

    The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention last week announced that troops and veterans, identified as a high-risk group, were added because of their increased suicide rates.

  • Lifeliners conduct 'Big Drop II'

    Dec 24, 2010

    101st Sustainment Brigade and Unit Ministry Team team up for special Christmas aerial delivery mission.

  • Riggers, chaplain ready for 'The Big Drop' in Afghanistan

    Dec 21, 2010

    The unit ministry team and riggers of the 101st Sustainment Brigade teamed up to prepare for 101 air drops slated to take place next week. The "Big Drop" will bring 101 bundles of care packages and other supplies to service members in two dozen remote Forward Operating Bases across Regional Command-East.

  • Pentagon celebrates the season of Hanukkah

    Dec 21, 2010

    Hanukkah, the Hebrew word, meaning ''dedication," is the Jewish festival of lights, celebrated for eight days and nights, starting on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar.

  • DoD to carefully plan 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal implementation

    Dec 21, 2010

    The Defense Department will "move out carefully, deliberately and purposefully" to implement the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell law," a Pentagon spokesman said today.

  • Mother: 'God put those Soldiers there'

    Dec 20, 2010

    After saving a 21-year-old civilian trapped in a burning truck, three members of the 1-509th Infantry received the Soldier's Medal Dec. 15 at Fort Polk, La.

  • Final holiday prayer breakfast points people on path to treasure

    Dec 20, 2010

    The Fort McPherson U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Chaplain Office had its last holiday prayer breakfast Dec. 9 to allow the community one last chance to meet before celebrating the holidays with their Families. Guest speaker Chap. (Col.) Michael Tarvin, command chaplain, U.S. Army Forces Command, elaborated on Bible passage Matthew 6:19-20, which states, "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal, but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven."

  • PWOC sends Christmas blessings overseas

    Dec 20, 2010

    This year, thanks to the efforts of the Fort McPherson Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC), the needy in other countries will have a better Christmas. The PWOC worked with Operation Christmas Child (OCC), an organization that supplies relief gifts to children from countries all over the world, to send shoeboxes full of gifts to needy Families.

  • ASC and JMC ministry teams offer Advent series

    Dec 17, 2010

    The weekly services are part of a four-part series that began on Monday, Nov. 29. The services continue through Monday Dec. 20, at 11:30 a.m. in the Caisson Room of Building 60, and are open to the RIA community.

  • COP Charkh Soldiers celebrate Catholic Mass

    Dec 16, 2010

    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.

  • Retreat in the Rockies: 43rd SB hosts Strong Bonds retreat

    Dec 16, 2010

    Nineteen spouses and 45 children of deployed Soldiers from Fort Carson, Colo., participated in a weekend retreat Dec. 3 at the Emerald Lodge located at the YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park as part of the Strong Bonds program.

  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

    Dec 15, 2010

    The video, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," takes a look at the meaning behind the song, including reflections from World War II veterans. It's brought to you by the North Dakota National Guard's Chaplains Office and the musical talents of the Blenders.

  • Spiritual Fitness Can 'Lighten Load' for Troops, Families

    Dec 15, 2010

    Spiritual fitness can help "lighten the load" for servicemembers and their families, whether they're facing combat, dealing with health issues or just managing the day-to-day stressors of military life, the Army's chief of chaplains said.

  • US Army Africa attends World AIDS Day event in Namibia

    Dec 14, 2010

    Two U.S. Army Africa chaplains recently traveled more than 4,000 miles to participate in the Ministry of Defence/Namibia Defence Force World AIDS Day ceremony in Windhoek, Namibia.

  • Helping those in need far away

    Dec 13, 2010

    Members of the Protestant Women of the Chapel pose Nov. 17 with some of the 45 shoeboxes of gifts sent overseas as part of Operation Christmas Child, a project that supplies children in remote locations with toys and basic necessities.

  • 'Strong Bonds' fortify 25th CAB couples marital bond

    Dec 8, 2010

    Thirty couples from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) attended an Army Strong Bonds Retreat (SBR) located at the Hale Koa, in Honolulu, Nov. 17-19. SBR is a unit-based, chaplain-led program which assists commanders in building individual resiliency by strengthening the Army Family. The retreat or "get away" provides a fun, safe and secure environment for couples to address the impact of relocations, deployments and military lifestyle stressors.

  • Chaplain Dale Goetz

    Dec 7, 2010

  • Chaplain leads soldiers on tours of Ur monument

    Dec 7, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Often referred to as the Cradle of Civilization or the Fertile Crescent, the region of Iraq through which the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers flow is home to some of the earliest signs of human settlement. Contingency Operating Base Adder is located in this area, and is visible from the top of the Ziggurat of Ur, a stepped pyramid located in one of the earliest cities known to man.

  • 18th MP Prayer breakfast - a chance to eat, think, be merry

    Dec 2, 2010

    The smell of hot coffee and baked goods fills the room and over the sounds of laughter, conversation, and the quiet sizzling of a waffle maker, a single voice quiets the room.

  • Vietnam: You just survived

    Nov 30, 2010

    The Vietnam War was a troublesome conflict for most Americans. The actual fighting was brought into our living rooms every evening during the nightly televised news programs. The draft forced many young men into military service at a time when the nation was in upheaval.

  • Army Chief of Chaplains celebrates Thanksgiving in southern Iraq

    Nov 26, 2010

    For service members and Department of Defense civilians in Basra, time away from loved ones did not deter the spirit of gratefulness as they attended the Thanksgiving Day service at Basra Chapel, Nov. 25.

  • Chorus enjoys a singing good time

    Nov 24, 2010

    Louretta Greenwell (playing piano), secretary to Col. Deborah Grays, U.S. Army Garrison commander, leads a group of singers in the Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem Community Chorus during a practice session held Monday at the Fort McPherson Post Chapel. The chorus will sing Christmas carols at the Fort McPherson tree-lighting ceremony at the Post Library Tuesday at 5 p.m.

  • Chapel sponsored luncheon provides food, fellowship

    Nov 24, 2010

    Hurry up and wait is a standard expression within the Army, but Nov. 19, U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Soldiers and Civilian employees got an exemption to that policy by celebrating Thanksgiving early with a holiday luncheon. The luncheon, sponsored by the USAG Chaplain Office, provided the garrison community with an opportunity for fellowship and to enjoy a meal together, said Chap. (Capt.) Fred Wendell, USAG Catholic chaplain.

  • Clergy symposium unites religious leaders

    Nov 24, 2010

    FORT LEE, Va. (Nov. 25, 2010) -- What started as a one-time, invitation only Fort Lee event in 2008 has now turned into a quarterly showing of spiritual support by local clergy who want to embrace all of the new military personnel and families coming to the area.

  • Korean, American chaplains share, compare ministries

    Nov 24, 2010

    RED CLOUD GARRISON, South Korea - Republic of Korea chaplains approaching graduation from the ROK Army Administrative School visited Camp Red Cloud Nov. 9 as part of the ROKA Chaplain Officer Advanced Course.

  • Yongsan reflects on Tuesday's North Korean attack at prayer breakfast

    Nov 23, 2010

    Garrison Yongsan in Seoul, South Korea held a prayer breakfast and moment of silence to honor those killed and injured during an unprovoked North Korean attack on a South Korean island on Tuesday as world leaders continued discuss the latest hostilities.

  • Day of rest: After 69 years of service, Fort Gillem Chapel completes its final mission

    Nov 23, 2010

    Since its creation in 1941, the Fort Gillem Chapel, Bldg. 734, has been a survivor. Built from a World War II design, it has outlasted that war, the assault of time on its paint and features and even a lightning strike. But despite its fortitude, the one thing it could not stand up to is BRAC.

  • Army chaplains attend Spiritual Fitness Initiative conference in Iraq

    Nov 20, 2010

    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Chaplains from across Iraq and Afghanistan gathered on Camp Victory, Iraq, Nov. 15, to attend a five-day conference designed to promote a new approach to improving Soldiers' spiritual wellness. The training centered around four principles: command, control, communication, and collaboration. The intent was to expand the skill sets chaplains already possess to build a Soldier's resiliency by giving them a way to help Soldiers take ownership of their spiritual life. The principles also teach people to be honest with God, cope with stress, and be a positive influence to themselves and others.

  • Hallelujah Harvest Celebration offers alternative to trick or treating

    Nov 18, 2010

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Members of the Aberdeen Proving Ground community were treated to an evening of fall fun at the 12th annual Hallelujah Harvest Celebration at the Main Post Chapel Oct. 31.

  • Communion in the Korengol

    Nov 18, 2010

  • Speaking of Faith

    Nov 17, 2010

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta and his wife, Jenny, talk with the Pentagon Chaplain Army Col. Daniel Minjares during a visit to the Memorial Chapel, Oct. 19, 2010. On Nov. 16, 2010, Giunta became the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. DOD photo by Fred W. Baker

  • UK, US pay tribute to fallen in Basra

    Nov 16, 2010

    British and American personnel stationed in Basra held multiple ceremonies to honor those who were killed in Iraq during World War I and the current conflict.

  • Fort Sill's Resiliency Training Campus, Paving the Way for Prevention

    Nov 10, 2010

  • Keeping faith: Sikh Soldier graduates basic training

    Nov 10, 2010

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- When Spc. Simranpreet Lamba steps onto Hilton Field today for his graduation from Basic Combat Training, he will recite the same Soldiers' Creed as his fellow graduates, but instead of a beret, he will wear a turban with his uniform; and his face is distinctive by the beard he sports.

  • Young soul, big voice

    Nov 8, 2010

    FORT HOOD, Texas-Small in stature but big in poise, the eight-year-old international gospel singing sensation, Rhema Marvanne Voraritskul, graced Fort Hood with her presence Nov. 5, at the Remembrance Memorial Ceremony to honor the lives lost during the shootings at the Soldier Readiness Center a year ago.

  • Spiritual fitness class focuses on PTSD

    Nov 8, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq-Soldiers assigned to the 4th Advise and Assist Brigade came together to take part in a Spiritual Fitness Initiative class Nov. 5.

  • Mullen: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' report on track

    Nov 8, 2010

    The working group looking at how the Defense Department should respond to a repeal of the so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law is on track to deliver its report Dec. 1, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

  • Fall Festival brings fun, treats and games to military Families

    Nov 8, 2010

    A day before Halloween, military children and their Families got a chance for some extra treats at the Fort McPherson Fall Festival Saturday. The festival, held at the Fort McPherson Chapel Center, was sponsored by the U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Chaplain Office and was an opportunity to build a sense of community, said Chap. (Lt. Col.) Robert Phillips, USAG chaplain.

  • Hallelujah Night serves up different treats

    Nov 8, 2010

    Hallelujah Night at Fort Gordon is not Halloween Night. In fact, it's not held on the same evening.

  • Community unites against domestic violence

    Nov 5, 2010

    FORT MCPHERSON, Ga. -- Forty-five people: that's how many lost their lives in Georgia as a result of domestic violence in 2009.

  • Casualty Notification Officers provide vital care, support to families of the fallen

    Nov 4, 2010

    "I was sitting at home at 11:30 at night when I noticed a car's lights coming down my long driveway," David McNabb said recently at the TAPS Fort Hood Military Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp, where over 300 survivors shared stories at this annual event.

  • Scary scenario: Chaplains practice active-shooter plan

    Nov 4, 2010

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Gunshots echo through the halls. Co-workers scream in terror. With panic sinking in, what should you do to save yourself and others' Active shooter incidents are on the rise in this country, and at military installations. At Fort Jackson, post officials are working with organizations to develop plans in the event of a shooter.

  • 'Don't Ask' to stay in place through appeal

    Nov 3, 2010

    The so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy will stay in place while the Justice Department appeals a federal judge's ruling last month that the law that bans gay men and lesbians from serving openly is unconstitutional.

  • November: Military Family Appreciation Month

    Nov 1, 2010

    November marks the return of Military Family Appreciation Month. Throughout November, the Army, the Department of Defense and the nation will honor the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of the nation's servicemembers.

  • Outreach summit helps survivors heal

    Nov 1, 2010

    FORT GORDON, Ga. -- As he opened Saturday's Survivor Mini Summit at the Gordon Club, Chaplain (Maj.) Eugene Mack spoke about a riddle that went around his fifth grade class.

  • TRADOC launches Profession of Arms study

    Nov 1, 2010

    Leaders from across the Army discussed the Profession of Arms in an Institute of Land Warfare forum at the Association of the United States Army National Meeting. This forum followed Army Chief of Staff Gen. George CaseyAca,!a,,cs announcement of a year-long campaign to study the Profession of Arms.

  • Everything changed

    Nov 1, 2010

    Since the Fort Hood shooting, the Army has revised AR 381-12, Threat Awareness and Reporting Program, to include identifying insider threat behaviors that indicate a person may be engaged in espoinage or international terrorism and how to report such activity to the Army.

  • Coke executive shares leadership tips

    Oct 29, 2010

    "You can be a leader no matter what your position." This was one of the many points Scott Randazza, director of finance for the Coca-Cola Company, shared with members of the Fort McPherson community Oct. 19 during the third leadership luncheon event hosted by the U.S. Army Garrison Chaplain Office staff. The luncheon program, held in the basement of the Fort McPherson Chapel Center, brings leaders from around the community to share their knowledge with military personnel.

  • Army working to improve care for families of fallen

    Oct 28, 2010

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and his wife Shelia took questions from survivors and listened to their concerns during a Family Forum on military survivors at the 2010 Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday.

  • FRG leaders hear message of Spiritual Resiliency, 'Strong Bonds'

    Oct 28, 2010

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 27, 2010) - U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Family Readiness Group leaders attended the third and final Family Forum session Oct. 27 at the 2010 Association of the U.S. Army National Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Representing FORSCOM units nationwide, the 470 FRG leaders heard U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains Maj. Gen. Douglas L. Carver speak about spiritual resiliency and Strong Bonds. Resiliency was the topic Carver first brought to their attention, explaining that the outcomes of spiritual resilience could range from greater emotional health, happiness, martial stability, social support, less alcohol use and less delinquency.

  • FORSCOM chaplain explains role of Army chaplains to 470 FRG leaders at symposium

    Oct 26, 2010

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va. (Oct. 24, 2010) - U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) staff chaplain for Soldier and Family Well Being spoke to Family Readiness Group leaders about the role of chaplains in the Army at the third annual FRG Training Symposium Oct. 24 at the Hyatt Hotel here. Chaplain (Col.) Bradford Fipps explained that there are many reasons for FRG leaders to know the role of the chaplains and what they have to offer to Soldiers and Family members. The annual FORSCOM-sponsored training event attracted 470 FRG leaders from Army units nationwide this year.

  • Mortuary affairs Soldiers prepare fallen for the trip home

    Oct 26, 2010

    The arrival of a fallen servicemember is marked by the lowering of the national colors to half mast; it is a reminder to all who bear witness, of the sacrifice made by those who chose to serve the nation above all else. Somewhat behind the scenes, a dedicated group of Soldiers have already begun the important process to send these heroes home.

  • Army leaders at AUSA promise not to cut family programs

    Oct 25, 2010

    Army leaders promised to leave family support programs intact when looking for ways to lean out the service's massive budget.

  • CH (MG) Douglas L. Carver

    Oct 22, 2010

    ASU Photo of the Chief of Chaplains

  • Fort Leavenworth dedicates new chapel

    Oct 22, 2010

    FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (Oct. 21, 2010) - Frontier Chapel on Fort Leavenworth was dedicated in an ecumenical service Oct. 18.

  • SecDef changes discharge authority for 'Don't Ask' law

    Oct 22, 2010

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has directed that any discharges under the law be made by the service secretaries in consultation with the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness and the defense general counsel.

  • Program focuses on caregivers

    Oct 21, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Because the Warrior Transition Battalions are vastly different from other units in the Army, traditional methods of supporting spouses and Families must also be different.

  • Chaplain reflects on past, wonders what if

    Oct 21, 2010

    In 30 years of ministry I've witnessed people demonstrate great resilience and choose to live through some of their darkest days, and I've seen people choose to take their lives due to great perceived pain. Some have been close friends, others have come to me looking for a chaplain, but all of them have been important to me.

  • Comprehensive Soldier Fitness looks at one-year milestone

    Oct 20, 2010

    Just one year after the Army first implemented the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, its director is impressed with the number of Soldiers who have participated in the program and with how many have said it is effective.

  • Army Chief of Chaplains visits mobilizing unit at Camp Shelby

    Oct 20, 2010

    Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Douglas L. Carver, chief of chaplains for the U.S. Army, visited the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team during mobilization training at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center to check on their Unit Ministry Teams prior to deployment.

  • QuinceaAfA+-era: a father's journey to celebrating his daughter's womanhood

    Oct 19, 2010

    CAMP RED CLOUD, Republic of Korea - It's two weeks from the big day for Master Sgt. Ramiro Cespedes. Actually, the big day is for his daughter, Cassandra, but the way Cespedes talks about the upcoming event, you'd think it was his special day.

  • Frontier Chapel serves expanding congregation

    Oct 15, 2010

    Frontier Chapel will officially be dedicated Oct. 18, but the new facility already has a steady congregation - and it's growing. Attendance is up at all Religious Support programs and the pews are packed at Sunday worship services. On any given Sunday, around nine services take place across Fort Leavenworth. Other services throughout the week include Bible studies, counseling, religious education, music ministries, Vacation Bible School and more.

  • New service invites spiritual transition: Sunday evening chapel service to start this week

    Oct 14, 2010

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Beginning Sunday, a new Christian worship service will invite the Fort Jackson faith community to participate in spiritual transitions. The service will begin at 6 p.m. at Anderson Street Chapel and will be led by Chaplain (Maj.) Daniel Middlebrooks, U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School, and Chaplain (Capt.) Jerry Wagner, 187th Ordnance Battalion.

  • General calls for better suicide prevention efforts

    Oct 12, 2010

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 8, 2010 - The military must address the stress wearing down the force and work to end the stigma surrounding mental health care to combat rising suicide rates, the chair of the Department of Defense Task Force on the Prevention of Suicide said today.

  • Chaplain leads first-ever animal blessing on Fort Bragg

    Oct 8, 2010

    On the morning of Oct. 2, pet owners and their beloved animals gathered in front of the Main Post Chapel for the first Blessing of the Pets in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Led by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James Brisson, Command Chaplain for the U.S. Army Special Forces Command, the service included Bible readings, prayers and blessings of each animal present. Pet owners were given a special medallion to be worn by each animal.

  • The view from my foxhole: Army suicides

    Oct 8, 2010

    As the Army wrestles with the rise of suicides, there are several observations from the spiritual domain of resiliency that merit discussion. Itgoes without saying that no two suicides are identical. There are, however, common threads that link many acts of self-destruction such as the loss of significant relationships, drug and alcohol abuse, stress, financial and health problems. Soldiers (and spouses) need an honest-to-God, no-kidding battle buddy to help them through difficult times. That buddy or roommate sticks to them every day. This idea is on target because we are our brothers' keeper and when one suffers we all suffer.

  • Become a National Guard Chaplain

    Oct 7, 2010

  • Medal of Honor White House ceremony

    Oct 7, 2010

    Family members of Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller were distinguished visitors at the White House for a Medal of Honor ceremony for Miller on Oct. 6, 2010. Miller was posthumously awarded the honor for his heroic actions in Afghanistan, displaying immeasurable courage and uncommon valor eventually sacrificing his own life to save the lives of his teammates and 15 Afghanistan National Army soldiers.

  • Army begins phase two of five-year study on suicide, prevention

    Oct 7, 2010

    This fall the Army, in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health, will begin surveying about 90,000 active-duty Soldiers to collect data for the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Service Members.

  • Strong Bonds strengthens Iron Brigade marriages

    Oct 5, 2010

    CAMP CASEY, Republic of Korea - Between long days spent at work, and nights spent tending to children, some military couples have little time for one another. In order to alleviate some of the demands placed upon married Soldiers, the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, has sponsored Strong Bonds retreats.

  • Rededication ceremony lauds renovations at Soldiers Chapel

    Oct 4, 2010

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - The pealing of the bell reverberated throughout the white clapboard country-style church as U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii community members and guests met to celebrate the completion of the Soldiers Chapel renovation, here, Sept. 24.

  • Wounded veteran shares stories of resilience

    Oct 2, 2010

    Dave Roever and his son Matthew began a tour of United States Division-South with a presentation at the USD-S Resiliency Campus Sept. 29, followed by a prayer breakfast and a visit to the RIVRON Navy river patrol unit Sept. 30.

  • Casey promises sustained Soldier, Family programs

    Oct 1, 2010

    U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. spent Sept. 30 with U.S. Army, Pacific troops in Hawaii where he presented two prestigious awards and reassured Soldiers and Families that the promises made in the 2007 Army Family Covenant will not suffer when Department of Defense budget cuts are made.

  • Strengthening spirits during field training

    Sep 27, 2010

    FORT HOOD, Texas-As Soldiers from the 41st Fires Brigade took a break from the physical demands of the Table XV, battery level training exercise, they took advantage of the down time and devoted some time to training and strengthening a part of the body often forgotten about; the spirit.

  • Army Guard gets its first Muslim chaplain

    Sep 27, 2010

    A Texas National Guard officer will become the Army National Guard's first Muslim chaplain in December.

  • Fort McPherson, Fort Gillem prepare individuals to combat rising suicide trends

    Sep 17, 2010

    In 2009, the number of active duty Soldier suicides increased by 20 to 160, and the number of Reserve and National Guard suicides rose by 25 to 82. To combat this rise of suicides, the Army has mounted an aggressive campaign, releasing anti-suicides videos like "Shoulder to Shoulder," arming Soldiers with ACE (Ask, Care, Escort) cards that teach how to deal with someone feeling suicidal, and encouraging and enforcing suicide awareness training.

  • Redeployment: Chaplains, ACS offer post-deployment aid to couples

    Sep 16, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga.</b> - It's probably true that time spent apart can make you appreciate and care even more for a person, but long absences or constant absences can be hard on a marriage. Consequently, repeated, year-long deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan have taken a heavy toll on Soldiers and their spouses assigned to Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield. For this reason, Chap. (Col.) Bill Ralston, 3rd Infantry Division rear detachment chaplain, said Stewart-Hunter makes two viable sources available to help Soldiers re-unite with their spouses following re-deployment. One offers spiritual guidance via the installation chaplaincy; the other offers mostly secular classes for couples through Army Community Services.

  • Knockout fun during organization day

    Sep 16, 2010

    Staff Sgt. Anthony J. McArthur, administration NCO for G-3 operations, First Army, spars with Staff Sgt. Carmese Tate, chaplain's assistant, First Army, during First Army's 92nd Organization Day celebration held Sept. 10 at Stephenson Lake, Fort Gillem. This event marks one of the last organization day events for First Army at Fort Gillem, as unit members and staff are moving to First Army's new home at Rock Island, Ill., as part of BRAC operations.

  • Family Life Chaplain Promotes Suicide Prevention Month

    Sep 14, 2010

    The 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) has taken an active approach to preventing suicides by employing a Family life chaplain, a feat no other unit on Fort Knox can claim. Trained to respond effectively to co-workers, colleagues, neighbors and Family members who are suffering and may be at the risk of suicide, the 3d ESC's Family life chaplain is an important component in the Army's promotion of September as Suicide Prevent Month.

  • New command chaplain looks to help

    Sep 13, 2010

    In one of his eight deployments, he was in the heat of battle in Iraq. With the blink of an eye, a nearby Soldier was injured and reA,A!acting instantly, he ran to the Soldier's aid. He sees the grave pain the Soldier is going through and supports the Soldier staying by his side offering words of comfort as he is swiftly transported to an aid station. He only parts ways when the Soldier is moved to a hospital to be taken care of.

  • Fort Hood Muslims break Ramadan fast with service, breakfast

    Sep 13, 2010

    On Monday, Members of the Fort Hood Muslim community came together for a prayer breakfast to mark the end of the month-long Ramadan fast. About 20 Muslims joined Fort Hood leaders and chaplains for a morning service and breakfast to celebrate the end of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and its associated fasting for Muslims.

  • Natick Soldier Systems Center observes Patriot Day

    Sep 13, 2010

    A moment of silence followed by a bell tolling 11 times at a Patriot Day observance Sept. 10 at U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center honored the memories of the thousands of civilians and Soldiers lost during and since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Celebrating unity during Ramadan

    Sep 11, 2010

    Ramadan, for more than 1.5 billion people who follow Islam, is considered a sacred month. The ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is said to be when the Prophet Muhammad received the revelations through the angel Gabriel. To show reverence, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and are obliged to refrain from activities like smoking and other earthly pleasures.

  • Fort McCoy's newly renovated Chapel 1 reopens with dedication service

    Sep 10, 2010

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- Fort McCoy's Chapel 1 marked another milestone in its long and distinguished service to Fort McCoy, holding its first worship service Aug. 22 since being renovated earlier this year. Garrison Chaplain (Col.) Ken Lawson presided over the dedication. "It has taken a lot of prayer and hard work to get to this point," Lawson said. "In dedicating (this) chapel, we are simply acknowledging that God is the owner of this building. Yes, the garrison commander is responsible for all Fort McCoy facilities, and yes, the Religious Support Office (RSO) manages this building. But here is a structure that is more than wood and nails. Here is a place where we meet God. In the wood and mortar of this building is a place dedicated to the glory of God and the strengthening of faith."

  • New campus in Basra to strengthen Soldier resiliency

    Sep 10, 2010

    With the opening of a resiliency campus on COB Basra, Iraq, the 1st Infantry Division Headquarters is working to improve the resilience of personnel in United States Division-South while they are still operating in a combat zone.

  • In Memoriam

    Sep 8, 2010

    Two Soldiers pay their respects to Chaplain (Capt.) Dale Goetz during a memorial service Friday at the Armed Forces Chaplain Center.

  • Strong Bonds conference focuses on building the Family

    Sep 8, 2010

    Eighteen Aberdeen Proving Ground couples participated in a Strong Bonds conference at the Harbortowne Resort and Conference Center located in the picturesque waterfront town of St. Michaels, Md., Aug. 4 to 6.

  • Memorial starts journey to new home

    Sep 3, 2010

    Command Sgt. Maj. Karl Roberts (left), U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) command sergeant major, and Chap. (Capt.) Bradley Godding, deputy garrison chaplain, watch as workers from Interstate Memorial Service, Forest Park, move the Haney Memorial Stone Aug. 27 from outside the Fort McPherson Chaplain Center for transport to Fort Jackson, S.C.

  • Jewish community prepares to observe Yom Kippur

    Sep 3, 2010

    U.S. Army Garrison Jewish lay leader The Jewish period of Yom Kippur will start Sept. 17 with the Kol Nidre observance and conclude one hour after sundown Sept. 18. The Jewish biblical source of Yom Kippur is found in the Torah's Book of Leviticus, Chapter 23: "The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 'The tenth day of the seventh month is the day of atonement. It shall be a holy convocation to you, and you shall afflict your souls (fast).

  • Rosh Hashanah, Jewish new year, observance begins

    Sep 3, 2010

    The Jewish New Year period known as Rosh Hashanah will start on sundown Wednesday and continue for the following two days. On the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah, a special service called Tashlikh is held near a body of running water. It is customary for Jews in attendance to walk to a river or creek, preferably one with fish in it, and recite penitential prayers.

  • Fort Rucker chaplains aid in suicide prevention

    Sep 3, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Losing even one Soldier to suicide is one too many. September is Suicide Prevention Month, and chaplains educate the public on the subject - how to identify signs and symptoms and how to cope with loss if suicide does occur within Families or units, said Chaplain (Capt.) Bruce Wagner, 1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment chaplain.

  • Suicide Prevention Month

    Sep 1, 2010

    <b>What is it' </b> The Army will demonstrate our ongoing commitment to enhancing Health Promotion / Risk Reduction / Suicide Prevention (HP/RR/SP) programs for Soldiers, Department of the Army (DA) civilians, and families by observing Army Suicide Prevention Month, Sept. 1 - 30, 2010, in conjunction with National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 5 - 11, 2010. Suicide Prevention Month is an Army-wide opportunity to raise awareness, understanding, and use of Army HP/RR/SP programs among our key internal and external audiences

  • Ramadan Kareem: USD-S hosts Iftar on Basra

    Sep 1, 2010

    For the world's Muslim population, which is estimated at more than 1.5 billion as of October 2009, Ramadan is one of the most celebrated times of year. United States Division-South expressed their respects to the Islam community in their area of operations and to the holy month by hosting an Iftar celebration on Contingency Operating Base Basra Aug. 28.

  • These boots were made for walking

    Sep 1, 2010

    Soldiers from TF Shadow donated boots and other essential articles of clothing to the 11 women who graduated, and plan to provide assistance in future courses.


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