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  • 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.

  • Trip to ancient Egypt builds spiritual growth

    Sep 1, 2010

    During the last week of summer vacation, 30 Camp Darby children were in school and loving every minute of it. At vacation bible school there were no tests or homework, just fun in the sun and creative activities based on an ancient Egyptian theme that keep everyone involved in the excitement.

  • Army Sustainment Command Leaders Participate in Healing Field Event

    Aug 30, 2010

    Davenport, Iowa, citizens and Army Sustainment Command leaders honor the memory of fallen warriors.

  • COB Basra hosts Iftar celebration

    Aug 29, 2010

    United States Division-South hosts an Iftar celebration on Contingency Operating Base Basra in southern Iraq

  • Fort Knox veterans share Vietnam experiences

    Aug 27, 2010

    The Vietnam War ended in 1975. But for many veterans, the 10-year conflict still lives in their minds as if it happened only yesterday.

  • 'Give us your Soldiers with a problem': CATEP comes to Fort Carson

    Aug 26, 2010

    Dr. Lester McFarling, with Army Personnel at headquarters, Department of the Army, said this was too late. Those 400 were referred because of a serious incident - either driving while under the influence, abuse of a Family member or the like. What the Army would like to happen is that Soldiers seek help before drinking becomes a serious problem. A possible solution is the Confidential Alcohol Treatment and Education Pilot program currently being tested. McFarling, along with Wayne Stramer, Dr. Wanda Kuehr and Linda Martinez of the Army Installation Management Command, came to Fort Carson Aug. 23 to brief commanders and Soldiers about the program, which starts Aug. 30 on post.

  • Fort Leonard Wood hosts suicide prevention workshop

    Aug 25, 2010

    FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Aug. 25, 2010) -- Thirty-five Soldiers of the Missouri National Guard attended a two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training to develop their suicide intervention and prevention awareness, Aug. 18 - 19, at the Installation Chaplain's Office.

  • 63rd ESB hosts prayer breakfast

    Aug 23, 2010

    With every deployment there are checklists filled with important tasks that must be accomplished before the all important, "Go" is given for a mission. Soldiers of Company B, 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion and their chaplain, Capt. Brian Minietta, considered breaking bread with one another in a prayer breakfast held Aug. 11 at the Gordon Club as one of those essential tasks.

  • USF-I commander tours Basra resiliency campus

    Aug 22, 2010

    The soon-to-open resiliency campus at Contingency Operating Base Basra hosted Gen. Ray Odierno, United States Forces-Iraq commander, during his visit to the base Aug. 18.

  • Ramadan holiday continues through month

    Aug 20, 2010

    Ramadan is a 30-day Islamic holiday that falls on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Islam uses a lunar calendar that begins each month with the sighting of the new moon. Because the lunar calendar is 11 days shorter than the solar calendar, Ramadan "moves" each year. This year, the first full day of Ramadan began Aug. 11 in North America.

  • Daughter follows father's footsteps

    Aug 19, 2010

    Chap. (Lt. Col.) Timothy Bedsole, plans, training and operations chaplain, First Army, reads the oath of office to his daughter, 2nd Lt. Tiffany Bethany Bedsole, during a commissioning ceremony held Aug. 13 at First Army headquarters on Fort Gillem.

  • Former Iranian hostage shares insights in getting through tough times

    Aug 19, 2010

    It was a chance meeting at Easter Sunday Mass that lead retired colonel Charles Scott to come back to Fort McPherson Tuesday. What wasn't a chance, however, were the things Scott used to get through the 444 days spent as a hostage in Iran during the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979. As part of the U.S. Army Garrison Chaplain's Office staff's leadership conference series, Scott spoke to a crowd at the Chapel Center about his captivity and how he was able to stay true to his military vows. "We are the products of our training and experiences," Scott said. "Faith, strength, God, Family and myself got me through."

  • U.S. Soldiers join pilgrimage to Church of the Black Madonna

    Aug 19, 2010

    LETNICA/LETNICE, Kosovo -- Thousands of Serbian, Albanian, and Croatian pilgrims venture to this village in eastern Kosovo every August to mark a Catholic holy day. The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the day on which many believe that Mary's body and soul were brought into heaven.

  • Chaplains discuss suicide prevention, reaching out to service members

    Aug 17, 2010

    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq -- Soldier suicide is one of the Army's top concerns as its troops continue to endure the stresses of multiple deployments in addition to the daily challenges of life.

  • Guard Bureau offers social media guidelines for Guardsmen

    Aug 16, 2010

    National Guard members need to know that even though a new DoD policy authorizes them to use many of the social media and other Web 2.0 platforms available on a non-classified government computer, there are consequences for their misuse.

  • Single Soldiers skydive

    Aug 12, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo. - Soldiers from the 52nd Engineer Battalion, 555th Engineer Brigade, viewed the scenery of southern Colorado from a much different perspective Aug. 5 during a singles retreat organized by the chaplain's office.

  • Helping others help themselves

    Aug 12, 2010

    On July 23, eight families from Fort Gordon, Ga., set out for a Strong Bonds "Great Adventure" at Great Wolf Lodge, Concord, N.C. (Indoor Water Park). This was an adventure like none before; it was the very first EFMP Strong Bonds Retreat.

  • Helping others help themselves

    Aug 10, 2010

    On July 23, eight families from Fort Gordon, Ga., set out for a Strong Bonds "Great Adventure" at Great Wolf Lodge, Concord, N.C. (Indoor Water Park). This was an adventure like none before; it was the very first EFMP Strong Bonds Retreat.

  • Army takes lead of chaplain center

    Aug 5, 2010

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Before a standing-room-only crowd, leadership of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Center changed hands - and branches - Monday in a ceremony at the AFCC auditorium.

  • Army chaplaincy celebrates 235 years

    Aug 5, 2010

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Fort Jackson's chaplains ushered in the Army chaplaincy's 235th year during a "birthday party" July 30 at the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School.

  • Chaplain Corps celebrates 235th anniversary

    Aug 2, 2010

    Army chaplains, chaplain assistants, Family members and others from the National Capital Area

  • Joint Munitions Command Welcomes New Chaplain

    Aug 2, 2010

    Welcome of new JMC chaplain. Describes his view of his duties, describes his hobbies.

  • Women gather to discuss health, wellness

    Aug 2, 2010

    FORT MCPHERSON, Ga. -- Healthy living is important, so much so that the Fort McPherson Protestant Women of the Chapel is dedicating six weeks to a health based seminar titled, "Excuses today, health problems tomorrow: Six steps to a healthy you."

  • Soldiers witness latest 'weapons' to combat spinal, traumatic brain injuries

    Aug 2, 2010

    ATLANTA -- Soldiers from Fort McPherson got to see July 27 the latest technology being used to help rehabilitate those suffering from spinal and traumatic brain injuries at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.

  • World-renowned speaker motivates community

    Jul 29, 2010

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Soldiers, leaders and community members gathered at the Community Prayer Breakfast highlighting world-renowned speaker, Dr. Billy Kim and the 50-person children's choir from the Far East Broadcasting Company in Korea, at the Nehelani, here, Tuesday morning.

  • Army Chaplain Corps still rolling along after 235 years

    Jul 29, 2010

    A Soldier is trained to go into battle and defend the rights and freedoms of those in need, enduring the hardship of a long deployment, separation from loved ones and the imminent danger of combat.

  • Couple Share God's Love Through Ministry

    Jul 23, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Whether he's saying the prayer at a gathering of military families or talking about God on a Decatur-based Christian country radio station, chaplain James Henderson always has one mission in mind - to share God's love.

  • Army chaplain appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese for Military Services

    Jul 23, 2010

  • 'Strong Bonds' help Battle Ready Brigade live up to its name

    Jul 22, 2010

    The 188th Infantry "Battle Ready" Brigade recently finished this year's married and single Soldier Strong Bonds training workshops held in Atlanta and Savannah, Ga., in an effort to maintain its Soldiers' ready posture.

  • Summer worship series inspires, unites Soldiers

    Jul 22, 2010

    FORT JACKSON, SC -- For the third straight year, Fort Jackson chaplains have put together a series of summer worship concerts for Soldiers in Basic Combat Training. The monthly series, which features performers of different Christian and musical backgrounds, runs through September.

  • Mullen: Military needs leaders to address suicide issue

    Jul 22, 2010

    Leadership and the effects it can have to help bring down the suicide rate were among the topics the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed with servicemembers here today.

  • Warrior Country chaplain returns, ministers in homeland

    Jul 21, 2010

    RED CLOUD GARRISON, South Korea - Warrior Country's new garrison chaplain has finally come home to her native land - to spread the gospel to Soldiers, civilian employees and their family members.

  • Fort Polk's 83rd Soldiers receive food for body, spirit

    Jul 20, 2010

    Fort Polk's 83rd Chemical Battalion held a prayer breakfast at the 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Dining Facility July 14. Retired Chap. (Col.) Scott McChrystal spoke at the event about stress in the lives of Soldiers. Along with a speech from McChrystal, attendees also received copies of his book "Daily Strength for the Battle: You, God's Word, 5 Minutes."

  • Resiliency services work to combat suicides with prevention programs

    Jul 15, 2010

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS - Military life can be overwhelming, challenging and demanding without the right information and support networks.

  • Rare Army Rabbi Serves Soldiers

    Jul 13, 2010

    JOLON, Calif. - Col. Jacob Goldstein, Army Reserve chaplain, is a man worth noticing when he wears his military uniform. An Orthodox Jewish rabbi assigned to Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, Goldstein made a sudden impression on Reserve troops when he visited Fort Hunter Liggett during the Combat Support Training Exercise - a large scale logistics sustainment exercise held June 16-24, which recreated a deployment environment for over 2,000 Army Reserve Soldiers.

  • Enabling the warfighter in the name of Islam

    Jul 13, 2010

    Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a radical Islamist stereotype, based largely on the words and beliefs of extremists, has formed in the minds of many Americans. John O. Brennan, President Obama's chief national security adviser for counterterrorism, recently addressed a policy change made by the administration to ban the world "Islam" when describing terrorists. For Muslims working as scientists and engineers in U. S. Army, as well as the estimated 3,000-plus Muslim Soldiers, the stereotype couldn't be further from the truth.

  • I Am Here to Help Relieve People's Suffering

    Jul 9, 2010

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Pain and suffering are not typically what people seek out, but for over 20 years, one man's daily dose of it was still not enough to stop him from asking for more.

  • Ministry of presence at Warrior Forge crucial to developing leaders, chaplains

    Jul 9, 2010

    The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps is partnering with the Army Chaplaincy to connect young officers on their way to becoming chaplains - known as chaplain candidates - with ROTC cadets involved in the annual Leader Development and Assessment Course, the seminal evaluation that produces 70 percent of the Army's second lieutenants.

  • Leaders urge participation in 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' survey

    Jul 9, 2010

    Noting the importance of getting the opinions of those who would be most affected by a possible repeal of the so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates Thursday urged servicemembers to provide their input.

  • Chaplains assist Army ROTC in making new leaders

    Jul 7, 2010

  • TF 12's Victory Chapel nears completion for July dedication

    Jul 2, 2010

    Soldiers of the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade often greet one another with the unit greeting of "Wings of Victory," but that phrase will take on new meaning with the completion of Task Force 12's own Victory Chapel July 1 at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq. As U.S. Army Europe Command's premier aviation brigade nears the end of its tour, it is leaving behind a legacy of great relationships and successful partnerships with various units in Iraq. One significant legacy it will leave for those who will rotate into country is that of a place for spiritual guidance and resiliency at Victory Chapel.

  • Third Army Chaplains, Jordanian Imams Hold Seminar on Providing Religious Support in a Military Envi

    Jul 1, 2010

    SAN ANTONIO - Chaplains from Third Army and imams from the Jordanian Armed Forces met for an information exchange in San Antonio, June 21-25, to discuss how each provide religious support to their respective forces.

  • Children set sail at Vacation Bible School

    Jul 1, 2010

    Children on Fort McPherson got a chance to live out their swashbuckling dreams June 21-25 during the Fort McPherson Post Chapel - "High Seas Expedition" - Vacation Bible School. With an enrollment of 65 children, the staff of 45 had their hands full ensuring every minute was filled with fun and learning. Each morning, the children and staff gathered in the post chapel to hear the daily point. Donna Craven, director of religious education, said her favorite moment was seeing the children arrive each morning with excitement to learn about God's word, and to sing songs and play games. After hearing the daily point, the kids would split off into groups to carry out the day's activities. The four groups followed a strict schedule for each activity, said Craven.

  • New unit program helps Soldiers 'Flatten the Wave'

    Jun 28, 2010

    Flatten the Wave is a unit program designed to provide Soldiers, who are facing a potential divorce or break-up, with information to assist in "flattening the relational wave when they hit the beach for redeployment and reintegration."

  • Chaplain Assistant Serves With Passion

    Jun 25, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq, June 25, 2010 - Army Sgt. Keith D. Wright, a native of Brunswick, Ga., is serving here on his fourth deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Chiarelli: suicides down, but not enough

    Jun 24, 2010

    While the number of suicides among active-duty Soldiers has fallen, the Army's vice chief told lawmakers that it's not enough.

  • U.S. Army Africa chaplains mentor Namibian counterparts on HIV/AIDS counseling

    Jun 23, 2010

    When it comes to talking with military members and their families about facing terminal illness, the U.S. Army often relies upon the skills and training of its chaplains and enlisted chaplain's assistants.

  • Chaplain helps Soldiers by just being there

    Jun 22, 2010

    Chaplains play a significant role in maintaining Soldiers' morale by tending to their spiritual well-being.

  • Fort Rucker community bikers ride for faith, fun

    Jun 17, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Community bikers bonded together over faith and motorcycles during the post chapel's first fellowship ride June 5.

  • U.S. KFOR Soldiers experience Catholic mass at Kosovo shrine

    Jun 17, 2010

    A Roman Catholic chaplain from Multinational Battle Group East (MNBG E) led a mass at the renowned Shrine of the Black Madonna on June 12 for United States KFOR Soldiers. Chap. (Capt.) Timothy Meier, Los Altos, Calif., said that while KFOR chaplains have joined local priests in celebrating mass at area churches before, this mass was unique because it was held in English specifically for U.S. KFOR troops.

  • Army uses one portal-of-access for counseling services, support

    Jun 10, 2010

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Soldiers and family members in Hawaii are now able to contact counselors at Military OneSource through a single portal-of-access.

  • Chaplain remembers Tiananmen Square on anniversary

    Jun 4, 2010

    It was 21 years ago, June 4, 1989, that Americans watched footage on television of a line of tanks in China's Tiananmen Square stop just short of running over a student protester who was bold enough to stand in their path.

  • Belvoir says farewell to beloved chaplain

    Jun 4, 2010

    Family, friends and colleagues crammed into Woodlawn Chapel Thursday to give thanks and say goodbye to Chaplain (Col.) Alexander Webster, who retired from the Army Reserve after 25 years of service to his country.

  • Regimental spiritual fitness chaplain's goal at NTC

    Jun 2, 2010

    In times of war a chaplain's role becomes especially significant, due to the many deployments and what Soldiers today face. The 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment's chaplain works trains with the fellow "Brave Rifles" to ensure the regiment's spiritual fitness.

  • National Memorial Day Observance to Honor America's Fallen Service Members

    May 28, 2010

    The annual National Memorial Day Observance to honor America's fallen military service members is scheduled for Monday, May 31 at Arlington National Cemetery. The U.S. Army Military District of Washington will conduct an Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Tomb of the Unknowns, to be followed by an observance program hosted by the Department of Defense in the Memorial Amphitheater. A prelude by the U.S. Navy Band will begin in the amphitheater at 10:30 a.m.

  • Chaplain Born in Soviet Union Now Defends America

    May 25, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE SPEICHER, Iraq - Arkadiusz Ochalek grew up playing soccer in Sztum, Poland, as a way to forget about the pressures he faced from the Soviet Union, which ruled his nation.

  • MNBG E chaplains visit Soldiers at remote Camp Nothing Hill

    May 24, 2010

    Chaplain (Maj.) Maury D. Millican, Bismarck, N.D., and Chaplain (Capt.) Timothy J. Meier, Los Altos, Calif., provided Protestant and Catholic services for the MNBG E Soldiers at Camp Nothing Hill. The chaplains also took the time to meet and reach out to Soldiers as they carried out their daily missions.

  • Generations of Honorable Service: the Solhjem Family

    May 21, 2010

    TIKRIT, Iraq - There are many Soldiers who come from a long line of military history, but there are only a few who can say that they currently serve their country with their brothers and father.

  • Program helps Soldiers, Families build Strong Bonds

    May 21, 2010

  • U.S. military chaplains visit East African leaders

    May 21, 2010

    NAIROBI, Kenya- Imam Walid Habash, a Muslim chaplain for the U.S. Air Force, joined other military chaplains for a recent trip to strengthen relationships between the American people and Muslim communities in East Africa. U.S. Air Force Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Gary Snyder, U.S. Air Force Chaplain (Capt.) Habash, U.S. Navy Chaplain (Capt.) Robert Young and U.S. Army Chaplain (Col.) David Colwell met African community, religious and government leaders in four countries during the 13-day trip.

  • Active, Reserve, and National Guard Chaplains gather for annual sustainment training in Arizona

    May 18, 2010

    Held in Scottsdale, Ariz., over 280 chaplains throughout the 7-state southwest region of the United States gathered together for a week in May to engage in dialog and discuss issues such as Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, spiritual resiliency, reintegration relationships and pastoral care counseling.

  • Couples Find Solace, Solutions During Marriage Retreat

    May 17, 2010

    TIKRIT, Iraq - Seven dual-military couples spent valuable time with their spouse and gained some helpful tips for sustaining a healthy relationship while deployed during a Marriage Retreat inside Freedom Rest - North at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, May 9-11.

  • Praying for our nation

    May 17, 2010

    Chap. (Col.) Alvin M. Moore, III, U.S. Army retired, makes a point during the 2010 National Day of Prayer breakfast May 6 at The Commons at Fort McPherson. Moore, the former command chaplain at U.S. Army Forces Command, spoke on this year's theme, "For such a time as this." The Ozark, Ala., resident said followers of Christianity should pray in accordance with the guidance of the bible and that prayer can provide comfort for believers in times of crisis.

  • US Army Europe Chaplains Build Partnerships with Restored Estonian Military Chaplaincy

    May 15, 2010

    Col. Ray Bailey, Command Chaplain U.S. Army Europe (right) and Lt. Col. Taavi Laanepere, Chief of Chaplains Estonia Defence Force (center), discuss religious support issues of the Estonian military chaplaincy in Tapa, Estonia, May 13, 2010. Several chaplains from U.S. Army Europe and the Estonia Defence Force were in attendance at the meetings. This is the U.S. Army Europe Command Chaplain's first visit with the Estonian Chief of Chaplains. The U.S. Army Europe Chaplain's Office conducted the visit with the Estonian Defence Force chaplains to build partnerships between the land forces components of the two nations. The Estonian Military Chaplaincy was restored in 1996. This year the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps celebrates its 235th year of service as a branch.

  • Reintegration a team effort

    May 14, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - With joyous reunions their focal images, ceremonies for military units coming home from combat zones appear from the outside to be simple to organize and execute. What could be easier than calling families to greet their Soldiers - then getting out of the way' Though the operations and deployment pace of units assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord gives units plenty of practice, reunions and reintegrations require time, care and effort.

  • Chaplain fights cancer with support of her military and martial arts families

    May 13, 2010

    During the final months of her deployment to Iraq, Chaplain (Capt.) Melissa Hale was medically evacuated back to the U.S. when she discovered what most women hope they never find; a lump in her left breast.

  • Spiritual Resiliency Leads to Strength

    May 11, 2010

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - At 5 a.m., while groups of service members and civilians are just getting out of bed to go run along the roads of Victory Base Complex before the start of the day, another small group stands atop Signal Hill on Camp Liberty praying.