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  • Fort Huachuca Soldier Finds Peace by Going to War

    Mar 8, 2011

    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - No one asks for stress and hard times in their life, but for one soldier, he is deeply thankful for the darkest moments of his life. Without those bleak, hopeless days, he would not be on the path he is today.

  • Retired Army Chaplain Becomes Auxiliary Bishop

    Mar 8, 2011

    Many retirees swap their business attire for shorts, but one retired Army chaplain hung up his black beret and Army camouflage uniform to don the "miter" hat and robes of a Roman Catholic bishop

  • Retreat means relationship refresher for Army Africa couples, families

    Mar 7, 2011

    Enjoying an afternoon of snow and sun, laughing children and smiling adults scatter along the sledding slop, whizzing down the hill or watching others go by in Garmisch, Germany. On a recent weekend 22 U.S. Army Africa couples and their 42 children went to Edelweiss Lodge and Resort for a Strong Bonds marriage retreat. "This weekend put our lives on pause so we could breathe each other in again," said Amiia Coffey, whose husband recently returned from deployment. "It let us step away from our crazy lives to focus on each other and how different we are."

  • New York Army National Guard Chaplain's Heroic Life Illustrates Story of the National Guard Cha

    Mar 3, 2011

    As the chaplain of the 69th Infantry, Father Francis P. Duffy inspired a generation of New York National Guardsmen during World War I. Now Maj. Gen. John Ellington, the National Guard's top chaplain, wants the story of Father Duffy - immortalized by actor Pat O'Brien in the 1940 movie "The Fighting 69th" -- will inspire a new generation of National Guard Chaplains and inform Soldiers and civilians about the military chaplaincy. A video that interlaces Father Duffy's story with the history of the chaplaincy, produced by the Air National Guard's TEC TV visual information center, will tell that story. It will be shown to chaplains, leaders, and anybody else who wants to know about the National Guard chaplaincy, Ellington said.

  • 'Duty Day with God' program offers relief to CAB Soldiers

    Feb 25, 2011

    "Lobos" Soldiers, assigned to 209th Aviation Support Battalion (ASB), 25th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), took the opportunity to go on a Duty Day with God led by Chaplain (Capt.) Tony Cech, battalion chaplain, 209th ASB, 25th CAB, to the Twin W.M. Keck Observatories on Mount Mauna Kea as a way to relax from training and provide a chance to talk with the chaplain.

  • Region's command chaplain speaks at National Prayer Luncheon

    Feb 25, 2011

    Using the biblical story of Jacob from the Old Testament as an allegory for humankind's relationship with God, Chaplain (Col.) Steven Berry, chaplain for the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region and Military District of Washington, D.C., reminded an audience of more than 250 people at Club Meade that God is present everywhere -- even where we least expect.

  • APG pauses for prayer

    Feb 22, 2011

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Aberdeen Proving Ground community members pray for Soldiers and the nation during the National Prayer Breakfast event at the APG North recreation center Feb. 10.

  • Deputy Chief of Chaplains nominated for second star

    Feb 18, 2011

    The Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today that the President has nominated Chaplain (Brig. Gen.) Donald L. Rutherford for promotion to the grade of major general and assignment as Chief of Chaplains, United States Army. Chaplain BG Rutherford became the 23rd Deputy Chief of Chaplains, United States Army, on November 16, 2007.

  • Fort Leonard Wood soldiers get SHARP on sexual assault training

    Feb 18, 2011

  • Valentine's Day dinner helps build romance, relationships

    Feb 17, 2011

    On Feb. 11, the U.S. Army Garrison Chaplain's Office hosted a Valentine's Day dinner at The Commons at Fort McPherson to help inspire and encourage romances and friendships. The event, attended by 178 people, celebrated the importance of relationships and provided a forum for people to interact with one another and strengthen their bonds over the course of a meal provided by The Commons staff.

  • Worship service in the desert

    Feb 16, 2011

    Despite intense around-the-clock operations at the U.S. Army's National Training Center here, Soldiers from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division held their first worship service at Forward Operating Base Denver Feb. 13.

  • Chaplain assistant on mission to boost morale

    Feb 16, 2011

    Despite intense around-the-clock operations at the U.S. Army's National Training Center here, Soldiers from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division held their first worship service at Forward Operating Base Denver Feb. 13.

  • 'Don't Ask' repeal training set to begin

    Feb 14, 2011

    Training will begin shortly for experts in certain specialties and leaders as part of the plan for finalizing repeal of the law that bars gay men, lesbians and bisexuals from serving openly in the military, the chief of staff for the Defense Department's repeal implementation team said here today.

  • Stained-glass windows preserve Paratrooper history

    Feb 14, 2011

    The 82nd Abn. Div. has its legacy chronicled in a thoroughly unique way - with stained-glassed windows. In July 1976, seven windows were installed in the Division's Memorial Chapel, depicting the division's actions in World War I, World War II, the Dominican Republic, and Vietnam.

  • Four chaplains honored at ceremony in South Korea

    Feb 14, 2011

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - During a ceremony at Memorial Chapel here Feb. 3, the chapel conference room was dedicated to four chaplains who made the ultimate sacrifice in 1943.

  • For God and Country

    Feb 12, 2011

    One Chaplain's devotion and dedication to serve God and the Soldiers of his unit.

  • Retreat provides relationship refresh for III Corps couples

    Feb 11, 2011

    The Army is committed to helping its families work on their relationships. Through modules such as the Chaplain Corps-sponsored Strong Bonds program, Army couples are offered tools and tips to help with the tough times or further strengthen already strong marriages and relationships.

  • Command-sponsored program at Fort Bragg helps strengthen marriage

    Feb 11, 2011

    The Fort Bragg Warrior Transition Battalion's Unit Ministry Team sponsored the first, of the 10 "Great Dates," that started in September 2010. The WTB's dates, held once a month, are hosted at local restaurants. At each date, the couples review one chapter of "10 Great Dates to Energize Your Marriage" by David and Claudia Arpthe so that each couple can further their communication skills and strengthen their marriage.

  • Army Reserve chaplain highlights Soldiers' sacrifices in new Civil War novel

    Feb 11, 2011

  • Spouses form strong bonds

    Feb 10, 2011

    Division Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, spouses participated in a Strong Bonds retreat Jan. 28-29 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

  • Strong Bonds family retreat teaches communication, values

    Feb 8, 2011

    The chaplain's office of 99th Regional Support Command hosted a Strong Bonds family enrichment retreat in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Jan. 28-30.

  • Millionth Soldier takes the Global Assessment Tool

    Feb 8, 2011

    The Army reached a major milestone last week when the millionth Soldier took the "Global Assessment Tool."

  • Changing of the Stole marks arrival of new spiritual leadership

    Feb 6, 2011

    BRUNSSUM, Netherlands - A Changing of the Stole ceremony, presided by Lt. Col. Chad Arcand, USAG Schinnen Garrison Commander, was held to mark the change in the spiritual leadership in the tri-border community Feb. 6 in the JFC Brunssum Chapel.

  • Yama Sakura participants uplift souls

    Feb 2, 2011

    U. S. Soldiers and members of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force participating in Yama Sakura 59 combined forces to encourage children at an orphanage Jan. 29 near Camp Kengun, Japan.

  • Rear detachment chaplain plans retirement, looks forward to worshipping from the pews with Family

    Feb 2, 2011

    A died-in-the-wool chaplain with 32 years of military service and 30 years of ministering to Soldiers and Families is retiring.

  • Chiarelli expects increase in behavioral health needs

    Feb 1, 2011

    The Army's vice chief of staff opened the Reserve Officers Association National Security Symposium by predicting an increase in the number of Soldiers suffering from depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.

  • Fort Riley officials showcase new resiliency campus

    Jan 31, 2011

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Brig. Gen. Rhonda Cornum, Army Comprehensive Soldier Fitness director, visited Fort Riley Jan. 28 to assist leaders in opening the post's new resiliency campus during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Resiliency Learning Center on Custer Hill.

  • Picatinny Army Community Service opens new facility

    Jan 28, 2011

    After years of planning by the Army Community Service and about 11 months of renovations, Picatinny Arsenal's new Army Community Readiness and Support Center opened on Jan. 11.

  • Prayer breakfast set for next week

    Jan 27, 2011

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Tom Mullins, founder of Christ Fellowship in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., will be the guest speaker for the Fort Jackson observance of the National Prayer Breakfast, scheduled for 7 to 8:30 a.m., Feb. 4, at the NCO Club.

  • Ministry teams train up to reach a broader audience

    Jan 26, 2011

    FORT POLK, La. - Chaplains have great listening techniques and vocal skills that allow them to speak to large groups and individuals. However, being interviewed by media and speaking to local leaders in another country may require a different set of skills in today's real-world operations.

  • Chaplain shines as Task Force Currahee's beacon of faith

    Jan 26, 2011

    His daily ritual consists of stopping by and checking in: "Hello, How is everybody'" "Hope all is well!" "God Bless you," he says, his words reflecting kindness, appreciation and his Southern accent.

  • First female chaplain assistant joins Black Dagger team

    Jan 26, 2011

    The Black Daggers conduct choreographed jumps out of helicopters, airplanes, into stadiums, fairs and events across the country from heights of up to 13,000 feet, but this is the first time in their history a female chaplain assistant has joined their team.

  • Chaplains prepare deployed aviation brigade for return to Fort Riley

    Jan 26, 2011

    Army chaplains with a Fort Riley, Kan., aviation brigade are busy preparing their unit for its return from a year-long tour in Iraq this spring.

  • Special delivery: Soldier uses Skype to coach wife, deliver baby from Afghanistan

    Jan 25, 2011

    Alright, listen up all you deployed dads (especially if you're an expectant father): you can take an active role in the birth of your child, even if you're stationed in a combat zone. All it takes is commitment, a little ingenuity, and Skype. Just ask Chaplain (Capt.) Joseph Palermo, who recently coached his wife Katherine through the birthing process. Separated by several continents, they both welcomed their daughter, Anna Grace, into the world.

  • 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.