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  • Chapel program helps couples reconnect after deployment

    Mar 18, 2010

    FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - The Fort Leavenworth Chapel Community's "Faith-Based Solutions to the Combat Experience" is a program for couples. The chapel uses "The Combat Trauma Healing Manual" and "When War Comes Home," both published by Military Ministry Press.

  • Soldiers, Families take offerings for Chile relief

    Mar 15, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, March 12, 2010) -- The Army chief of chaplains has asked Soldiers and their families to again consider providing assistance to earthquake victims -- this time for those in Chile. A similar designated offering was collected from across the Army in January to provide relief for victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Then, Soldiers and their families donated $574,285 for relief in that country, with money being sent to the Red Cross to provide assistance.

  • Soldiers, families asked to donate for Chile relief

    Mar 12, 2010

    After Soldiers and their families donated $574,285 to help earthquake victims in Haiti, Army chapels are again taking up collections for disaster relief -- this time for those in Chile.

  • Chaplains Train to Support Deployed Service Members

    Mar 11, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Army and Air Force chaplains and their assistants, from Joint Base Balad, Iraq, attended a monthly career-development course to better ready themselves to aid as spiritual counselors, March 5 at Provider Chapel at JBB

  • 7th Sustainment Brigade Ministry Team Visits Special Needs Orphanage in Port-au-Prince

    Mar 11, 2010

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The 7th Sustainment Brigade ministry team made up of Chaplain (Maj.) Tom Allen and Chaplain's Assistant Staff Sgt. James Hieb, both assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, have been providing aid to Notre Maison a special needs orphanage located near Port-au-Prince throughout February and March while deployed in support of Operation Unified Response.

  • Chaplains from across Kosovo gather at holy site

    Mar 10, 2010

    An international group of chaplains visited one of Kosovo's holiest sites Feb. 19 as part of the monthly KFOR chaplains' conference. Multi-National Battle Group-East's chaplains hosted the conference, which featured a worship service, luncheon and a bus trip to the Church of the Black Madonna in Letnica.

  • National Prayer Breakfast

    Mar 8, 2010

  • Concern for fellow Soldier prevents suicide

    Mar 5, 2010

    A chance phone call late one evening, coupled with prompt actions of personnel at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, helped a Soldier in crisis on the other side of the world. They informed SWCS leadership and contacted individuals whom they knew to be in a position to facilitate help. The unique structure of the U.S. Army allows each Soldier to form an extensive database of contacts from previous and current assignments.

  • Wiesbaden chaplain assistant is USAREUR's best

    Mar 5, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" A U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Soldier earned recognition as U.S. Army Europe Chaplain Assistant of the Year 2009 coinciding with the Centennial of the Chaplain Assistant.

  • Installation chaplain plans to foster community

    Mar 4, 2010

    FORT JACKSON, SC -- In 1977, Bart Physioc, then a newly commissioned Coast Guard officer, was on his way to his first duty station in Guam. He was looking forward to the challenges that lay ahead of him, but something did not seem quite right.

  • Chaplains deliver every thirty days

    Mar 1, 2010

    The chaplains of Task Force Mountain Warrior are providing spiritual fitness to Soldiers by visiting every combat outpost and forward operating base in their area of operation in eastern Afghanistan at least once a month.

  • New policy authorizes social media access, with caveats

    Mar 1, 2010

    Attention all Facebookers, Twitter tweeters and YouTubers: a new Defense Department policy authorizes you to access these and other Web 2.0 platforms from nonclassified government computers, as long as it doesn't compromise operational security or involve prohibited activities or Web sites.

  • Fort Benning gathers for prayer

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - More than 170 Soldiers, civilians and family members attended the Fort Benning observance of the National Prayer Breakfast Feb. 17 at the Benning Conference Center. The event coincided with Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, a 40-day period preceding Easter that many Christians observe as a time of prayer and abstinence.

  • Chaplains from across Kosovo gather at holy site

    Feb 24, 2010

    CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo - An international group of chaplains visited one of Kosovo's holiest sites Feb. 19 as part of the monthly KFOR chaplains' conference. Multi-National Battle Group-East's chaplains hosted the conference, which featured a worship service, luncheon and a bus trip to the Church of the Black Madonna in Letnica.

  • Marriage Retreat for Soldiers

    Feb 23, 2010

    Brigade Chaplain (Maj.) Shawn McCammon invited couples of the brigade to participate in this event, providing them with food, childcare, a room at the Sheraton Music City Hotel and a chance to relax and rebuild life's most important bonds.

  • 412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers Build Strong Bonds at Hilton Head, S.C., Resort

    Feb 23, 2010

    HILTON HEAD, S.C. (Feb. 23, 2010) -- The Army Strong Bonds retreat is a no brainer, you are being paid to attend, you are staying at a beautiful resort, and you are receiving world class instruction on communication, intimacy, and conflict management skills, that's according to Chaplain Col. Steven Dyess the 81st Regional Support Command Chaplain.

  • Workshop Offers Relationship Tools to Single Guardsmen

    Feb 23, 2010

    The North Dakota National Guard's Office of the Chaplain will host P.I.C.K., or Premarital Interpersonal Choices and Knowledge, to help single Soldiers and Airmen hone the skills they need for a successful, lifelong relationship.

  • JBM-HH celebrates African-American History month

    Feb 22, 2010

    Soldiers, civilian employees and residents gathered at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall's Community Center, Wednesday, to celebrate African-American History Month.

  • "Sending them away with God": 2nd Brigade Combat Team chaplain joins Haitians in worship

    Feb 22, 2010

    Maj. Brad Baumann, 2nd Brigade Combat Team chaplain, was invited to preach at the Prophecy Church of God of Charadeux, Haiti on Feb. 21. His chaplain's assistant, Spc. Midine Beauvais, translated the sermon for him. The locals were thrilled to have the chaplain at their church, as well as a group of 2BCT Paratroopers in attendance. However, Maj. Baumann hasn't lost sight of his primary mission in Haiti, preaching for his troops.

  • Prayer Breakfast: Speaker says trials are key to growth

    Feb 22, 2010

    Why do bad things happen to good people' It's not an easy question to answer, but one that author, pastor and international business strategist Ron Archer shed light on during the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart National Prayer Breakfast in Feb. 9.

  • Chaplain Corps crucial to Army

    Feb 19, 2010

    There are 1,650 chaplains in the active-duty Army. Each brigade and battalion on Fort Polk is assigned a chaplain. The role of the chaplain is as crucial as it is unique. According to Chap. (Col.) David Darbyshire, command chaplain, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, "chaplains ensure the free exercise of religion for Soldiers and serve as advisors to the commander on issues of religion, morals and morale."

  • Fort Rucker officials break ground on new post chapel

    Feb 18, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- With a toss of some cold, red Alabama clay, Fort Rucker and Army construction leaders officially broke ground on a new 22,600-square foot chapel at Guthrie Airfield Tuesday.

  • Spiritual guidance-Fort Rucker community prays for servicemembers, nation

    Feb 18, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Building spiritual resiliency to overcome life's struggles was the message impressed upon more than 300 National Prayer Breakfast attendees by Chaplain (Col.) David Smartt, Installation Management Command command chaplain, at The Landing Feb. 11.

  • Purim brings time of celebration, perseverance

    Feb 18, 2010

    Purim is a celebration observed one month before Passover on the 14th day of the Jewish month of Adar II. This year, the Fast of Esther will be Thursday and Purim Feb. 28. Jews around the world will observe these two days, mentally preparing for Passover.

  • Ash Wednesday

    Feb 18, 2010

    Chaplains lead Soldiers and Family members around the world in a celebration of Ash Wednesday. Ocurring forty-six days before Easter and marking the first day of Lent, ashes are usually placed in the sign of the cross as a sign of repentance.

  • USAG Schinnen footprint shows 'unconditional generosity' with Haiti relief fundraisers

    Feb 17, 2010

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands - More than $10,000 has been raised by dozens of organizations and individuals around the Tri-Border region to support ongoing relief efforts in Haiti.

  • Marriage Retreat Improves Marriages, Soldiering Skills

    Feb 15, 2010

    Being deployed brings many unique challenges for married Soldiers: paying bills, child care, and communication with family and friends. For dual-military marriages, these responsibilities can be even more confusing and frustrating, because they are both deployed. Sixteen dual-military couples gathered at Freedom Rest North at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, outside Tikrit, Iraq, Feb. 10-12, to learn effective techniques to keep their marriage strong and healthy while serving on a deployment.

  • In service of others

    Feb 13, 2010

    He was born in Nigeria and lived there for 22 years. His father, a village elder and Muslim religious leader, made an early impression on his life, an impression that still guides him now as he works to become an Army chaplain. Spc. Mikail Lawal traveled to America in 1995 to become an All-American tennis player at Morehouse University in Atlanta. While at Morehouse, he also earned a Bachelors of Science degree in psychology.

  • Bicentennial Chapel Offers Bridge To Faith

    Feb 12, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Just a little after 6 on Sunday nights the sounds of praise music can be heard in the halls at Bicentennial Chapel, calling adults, teens and children from classrooms to join in a celebratory, reflective and heart-touching worship service focused on helping them build a special connection with God. "The Bridge at Redstone" is a new service offering at Bicentennial Chapel begun last fall to reach out to those who are looking for a casual worship experience. Its music - led by worship pastor Andy Good on guitar - and its message - offered by either Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Marvin Luckie of the Garrison or Chaplain (Capt.) Jonathan Fisher of the 832nd Ordnance Battalion -- are contemporary in nature, reaching out to those who are looking for an alternative to traditional church services.

  • Hunter Army Airfield community holds prayer breakfast

    Feb 11, 2010

    <b> HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. </b> - About 50 Servicemembers and civilians shared a mouth-watering breakfast at the Soldiers Inn Dining Facility at Hunter Army Airfield at 7 a.m., Feb. 4. The group gathered to remember the National Day of Prayer and the value that prayer has for our servicemembers on Hunter and for people in all areas of the world.

  • Community Teens confirm faith during ceremony

    Feb 11, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- About 15 community teens completed a third and final sacrament of initiation into the Catholic church Monday night.

  • Wounded veteran stresses resilience at National Prayer Breakfast

    Feb 4, 2010

    One man's life-changing story of survival served as inspiration for Soldiers and family members during the annual National Prayer Breakfast at the Nehelani Banquet and Conference Center at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

  • ChapelNext program off to good start

    Feb 4, 2010

    It was designed to inspire younger people to come to church, but the ChapelNext program drew more than just the youth to share fellowship during its inaugural service Sunday. Forty three people took part in the new service, which aims to offer a contemporary worship experience.

  • Picatinny community pulls together to help Marine Corps family devasted by fire

    Feb 4, 2010

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Marine Sgt. Eddie Rosa and his wife Maddie were returning home from Philadelphia with their three children and a nephew when they received the shocking news that their home was being destroyed by fire.

  • 'Quite a loss' - Fort Rucker mourns loss of youth director

    Feb 4, 2010

    FORT RUCKER Ala. -- Numerous installation community members gathered at the Main Post Chapel Monday to mourn the loss of Zane Biddle, Fort Rucker's first full-time youth director, who passed away last week unexpectedly.

  • Future Army Chaplain Answers Call to Serve

    Feb 1, 2010

    WASHINGTON - Army Reserve 2nd Lt. Alec Scott felt a higher calling at a young age that led him not only down a military path, but down a religious one as well.

  • Mission of National Training Center at forefront of National Prayer Breakfast

    Feb 1, 2010

    As Brig. Gen. (CH) Donald Rutherford spoke at Fort Irwin and the National Training Center's National Prayer Breakfast on Monday morning, he emphasized the mission of the National Training Center, which is "Train the force."

  • Army chapels raising funds for Haiti relief - Belvoir contributes more than $41K

    Feb 1, 2010

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Last weekend, the Fort Belvoir Chapel Community gave more than $41,000 in special offerings designated for Disaster Relief in Haiti.

  • Military officials, Muslims renovate mosque at Taji

    Jan 30, 2010

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Two officials with the 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) began supervising the renovations of the mosque Jan. 1 at Camp Taji, Iraq.

  • Worship 2.0: services go next generation

    Jan 28, 2010

    It might not make sense to a mathematician, but the Fort McPherson chaplaincy is adding through subtraction. With the ChapelNext program, the chaplaincy hopes to add a contemporary worship experience by subtracting some previous traditions.

  • National Prayer Breakfast features Boone as speaker

    Jan 28, 2010

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Chaplain (Col.) Samuel Boone, commandant of the United States Army Chaplain Center and School, will be the guest speaker for the Fort Jackson observance of the 2010 National Prayer Breakfast, scheduled for 7-8:30 a.m., Feb. 10, at the NCO Club.

  • Army chapels raising funds for Haiti relief

    Jan 22, 2010

    Across the Army, Soldiers and families are donating funds to the Haiti relief effort by passing the collection basket during chapel services.

  • Installation chaplain to retire

    Jan 21, 2010

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- For almost three years, Chaplain (Col.) Henry Haynes, Fort Jackson's installation chaplain, has been overseeing 37 weekly worship services and numerous religious education programs.

  • Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program Extended to Family Members

    Jan 19, 2010

    <b>What is it' </b> Family members play a significant role in a Soldier's life by supporting their resilience and well-being. This is why family members now have the opportunity to participate in the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) program by taking the Global Assessment Tool and self-development modules. CSF is a holistic fitness program for Soldiers, family members and Army civilians that is designed to enhance performance and build resilience. Participation in the CSF program begins with the Global Assessment Tool, an online, confidential survey that measures a person's level of strength in four dimensions: social, spiritual, emotional and family.

  • Martin Luther King Program

    Jan 19, 2010

    Events at Martin Luther King Program on Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo

  • Staying Spiritually Fit

    Jan 17, 2010

    In addition to physical fitness, irrespective of one's religious preference (or lack thereof), we need to be spiritually fit as well, in order thrive -- and not just survive -- in the midst of what life can throw at us. Spirituality and religion can sometimes coincide, but they need not. A friend of mine who's sober in Alcoholics Anonymous says that "spirituality can unite what religions divide," because she's seen folks from diverse religious backgrounds -- people who otherwise would not even have coffee with one another -- get and stay sober by working the spiritual program which is the Twelve Steps.

  • TF Falcon Soldiers prepare for the unexpected in life

    Jan 14, 2010

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan- Being prepared for the unexpected was the topic of discussion for the first prayer breakfast of the year for Task Force Falcon, Jan. 7 at the Marne CafAfA dining facility at Bagram Airfield.

  • Louisiana Guard Bids Farewell to Retiring State Chaplain

    Jan 12, 2010

    PINEVILLE, La. - Col. Walter J. Austin, state chaplain of the Louisiana National Guard, was honored in a retirement ceremony at the Stafford House at Camp Beauregard in Pineville, La., Jan.

  • Chaplain Corps celebrates centennial of enlisted assistant support

    Jan 12, 2010

    Sgt. Major Alvin Chaplin, U.S. Army Forces Command's senior chaplain assistant, likes to compare a chaplain assistant to an entire infantry company rolled into one Soldier. "In order to get the job done, he or she has to be able to do it all - company clerk, supply person, motor sergeant and combatant. The chaplain assistant has to set the conditions for the chaplain to succeed and the commander to execute the unit's religious programs," said Chaplin.

  • Fort McCoy chapels get major makeovers

    Jan 12, 2010

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- Major renovations are under way in the Protestant Chapel, building 2672, which will cause a reorganization of the Fort McCoy worship schedule until late spring, said Garrison Chaplain (Col.) Steven Colwell. Arteaga Construction of Milwaukee is the general contractor for the project, which was detailed as part of the installation's master plan. Included in the project is installing modern forced air heating/cooling equipment and insulation, upgrading the restroom areas, adding chairs to replace the pews, and new carpeting. Colwell said the pews were not compatible with the new carpeting so they were removed and donated to a civilian church, which saved those costs.

  • Army Family Covenant delivers programs, services

    Jan 11, 2010

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Army unveiled the Army Family Covenant on Oct. 8, 2007, pledging a commitment to provide Soldiers and Families a quality of life commensurate with their dedicated service and sacrifice.

  • 'Raiders' deliver hope, goods to homeless

    Jan 8, 2010

    4th Infantry Division Soldiers lend support to Colorado Springs homeless.

  • New Fort Rucker Chapel plans progress

    Jan 7, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Design plans are nearly finalized for a new 22,600-square-foot, 620-seat chapel to be built on post, providing a facility that installation religious leaders hope will bring Soldiers and Families closer together.

  • Chaplains bring faith to remote locations

    Jan 6, 2010

    BAGHDAD - Chaplains journeyed to secluded locations Christmas Day to provide Soldiers with greatly desired worship services.

  • FRSTs train to intervene

    Jan 5, 2010

    VILSECK, Germany - "Most people that commit or attempt suicide don't want to die - they want relief," said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James Hartz to a group of 10 family readiness support technicians at the Vilseck Army Community Service Center, during an Ask, Care, Escort-suicide intervention, known as ACE-SI, skills training course.

  • Soldier Spotlight: Getting to know Sgt. Marc D. Frazer

    Dec 30, 2009

    Soldier Spotlight: Getting to know Sgt. Marc D. Frazer

  • Christmas worship Iraq and Afghanistan

    Dec 30, 2009

  • Chaplain Corps celebrates centennial of support from its enlisted assistants

    Dec 28, 2009

    Sgt. Major Alvin Chaplin likes to compare a chaplain assistant to an entire infantry company rolled into one Soldier. "In order to get the job done, he or she has to be able to do it all -- company clerk, supply person, motor sergeant and combatant. The chaplain assistant has to set the conditions for the chaplain to succeed and the commander to execute the unit's religious programs," said Chaplin, U.S. Army Forces Command's senior chaplain assistant. Chaplin made his observation on the occasion of the Army's celebrating the centennial of the Army chaplain assistants Dec. 28. For a hundred years, holders of what is now the 56M MOS (military occupation specialty) have assisted chaplains in ensuring the free exercise of religion for millions of Soldiers.

  • KFOR chaplains ready to lend helping hand

    Dec 26, 2009

    CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo - It wasn't long ago that 1st Lt. Anthony Williams was a cannon crewmember, a staff sergeant, at the time, in the U.S. Army Reserves. It was at that point in his Army career that he received a Higher calling to serve his country and his fellow Soldiers in a different way. Today, you can call him Chaplain (1st Lt.) Anthony Williams, deputy chaplain for Multi-National Task Force - East here in Kosovo.

  • Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Al Faw Palace

    Dec 24, 2009

  • Redeployment brings adjustment period to entire family

    Dec 22, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- I'll never forget one humiliating and frightening experience I had when I returned from Iraq. My daughter, Olivia, my first and only child at the time, was 3. I hadn't seen her since my "environmental leave" period ended three months earlier, and that seemed like a long time ago. I wanted to spend some quality time with her, so I took her shopping with me at the furniture store.

  • St. Nicolas Day Feast

    Dec 22, 2009

    Who: 144 TF Chaplain Timothy Meier organized with Pastor Binqe of Kabas/Kabash and Knights of Columbus What: A yearly celebration of St. Nicolas in the town of Kabas/Kabash, Kosovo at the church of St. Nicolas. A Catholic mass was held in Albanian and English and open to all religions. Donated toys were distributed to children by St. Nicolas. When: 5 December 2009 Where: Kabas/Kabash

  • Shia Muslims march to Karbala: Pilgrims weep in commemoration of Imam Husain

    Dec 21, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Culture plays a lead role in the lives of people all over the world, and while in Iraq, there are many cultural differences and Islamic practices that U.S. Soldiers need to be aware of.

  • A Christmas gift of Catholic confirmation

    Dec 21, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - With the traditional anointing of the chaplain's thumb, seven service members from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade received a long-awaited gift just days before Christmas.

  • A Gift to the Soldiers- Chaplain Brings Mass to the Frontlines

    Dec 20, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WOLVERINE, Afghanistan - Lit solely by headlamps, an illuminated fog rolls with every breath the chaplain speaks. Nearly midnight with Christmas approaching, a small group of deployed service members sit on the cold rocks of the helicopter landing pad huddled in a circle to hold a Catholic Mass.

  • McPherson Holiday Prayer Breakfast hosts chaplain chief

    Dec 18, 2009

    FORT McPHERSON - With the secular decorations of the holidays filling stores, members of the Fort McPherson community were provided an opportunity Dec. 10 to experience a more spiritual side of the season at the U.S. Army Garrison Chaplains Office holiday prayer breakfast.

  • Chaplain Corps celebrates centennial of chaplain assistants

    Dec 17, 2009

    Three days after Christmas in 1909, the Army authorized an assistant whose sole purpose would be to allow chaplains to focus on ministering to the spiritual needs of Soldiers and their families throughout the world.

  • The 100th Year of the Army Chaplain Assistants

    Dec 15, 2009

    <b>What is it' </b> On December 28, 2009, the Army will celebrate the centennial of Army Chaplain Assistants.

  • BOSS boss has big plans for program

    Dec 15, 2009

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. - Although slimming down is a popular option for New Year resolutions, Pfc. Nicole Pena, a U.S. Army Garrison chaplain assistant and chapel funds clerk is already working on her resolution to grow the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program on Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem. Pena, who became BOSS president in May, said it is important to begin organizing the program to better serve single Soldiers on both installations.

  • Spiritual resiliency helps Soldiers weather life's traumas

    Dec 11, 2009

    People who have spiritual resiliency have a greater chance to weather life's traumas and even use them as events to improve their lives than people who don't have great spiritual resiliency, said Chap. (Brig. Gen.) Ray Woolridge.

  • NCOs rescue mom, child from wreck

    Dec 10, 2009

    On an ordinary Saturday morning in South Carolina, two noncommissioned officers from Fort Jackson's U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School were driving toward Augusta, Ga. The trip came to an end when the passenger, Staff Sgt. Mauricio Sosa, spotted an SUV in the oncoming lane flipping over toward them.

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Taught at Provider Chapel to 13th ESC Chaplains and Ass

    Dec 9, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) out of Fort Hood, Texas, held an all 13th ESC Resiliency Counseling Training Conference for chaplains and chaplain's assistants at the Provider Chapel Dec. 1-4 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Transportation Soldiers use fellowship to better community

    Dec 9, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 49th Transportation Battalion, out of Fort Hood, Texas, held a men's prayer breakfast Dec. 5 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, as part of its effort to leave the community here better than they found it.

  • Muslims observe festival, pilgrimage

    Dec 4, 2009

    This month, 1.3 billion Muslims from around the world - over 7 million of them in the U.S., including 10,000 armed servicemembers - will begin observing activities associated with the annual religious pilgrimage, or Hajj, to the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Hajj is the fifth of the five main "pillars" of the Islamic faith (the other "pillars" include the declaration of faith, five daily prayers, charity and fasting during the month of Ramadan). Hajj activities take place during six days, from the eighth to the 13th day of the Islamic lunar month of Dhul-Hijjah, the last month of the lunar year.

  • Fort Bragg projects make season brighter for military Families

    Dec 4, 2009

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Many Soldiers spend much of their lives giving of their time to others. Now is the time of year when efforts are being made to give something back to Soldiers and their Families. The Holiday Hearts Program, Operation Homefront Toy Shop and Chaplain Soldier and Family Fund are three projects that will make this Christmas warmer for military Families.

  • Woman with local roots wins Operation Rising Star

    Dec 4, 2009

    FORT SILL, Okla.--Enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday, the 2009 Operation Rising Star winner, Lisa Pratt, returned to some very familiar territory. Sunday she belted Miley Cirus' hit song "The Climb" at Lawton's First Assembly Church to a congregation that has heard her talents since she was 12 years old.

  • Couples develop 'Strong Bonds'

    Dec 4, 2009

    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Twenty-nine couples with the 198th Infantry Brigade laughed their way to a better marriage Nov. 20-22. Sponsored by Strong Bonds, a chaplain-led program designed to enrich and strengthen marriages, the weekend retreat centered on the theme of laughter with Mark Gungor's "Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage" teaching curriculum.

  • Army approves suicide-intervention training for leaders

    Dec 3, 2009

    The Army has approved two-day and five-day workshops for unit leaders on Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, known as ASIST.

  • Fort Rucker Aviation regiment chaplains feed AIT students' bodies, spirits

    Dec 2, 2009

    Every Wednesday, the rich smell of pepperoni, cheese and Italian spices from 30 to 40 pizzas wafts through Yano Hall. As 100 Advanced Individual Training students dive into the cheesy and meaty goodness, they learn more about the Bible, allowing them to feed body and soul at the same time.

  • Task Force Marne Prayer Luncheon Brings Leaders Together

    Dec 2, 2009

    Leaders from 2nd "Spartan" Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division celebrated togetherness, brotherhood and sisterhood during a prayer luncheon held at FOB Marez dining facility, Nov. 20.

  • Suicide prevention: Soldiers learning to help save lives

    Dec 1, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - One suicide intervention program compares suicidal thoughts to a strong river current that can sweep people into dangerous drop-offs.

  • Community gathers for feast, camraderie

    Nov 30, 2009

    Members of the Fort McPherson community took time to give thanks and build camaraderie during the U.S. Army Garrison Office of the Chaplain's Barracks and Single Soldiers Thanksgiving feast Nov. 19.

  • Army celebrates 100 years of chaplain assistants

    Nov 27, 2009

    On Dec. 28, 1909, General Order No. 253 was published, establishing the official military occupational specialty of the chaplain assistant, stating that one enlisted man will serve to assist the chaplain in the performance of his official duties.

  • Chief of Chaplains, troops celebrate 100 years of chaplain assistants service

    Nov 26, 2009

    On Dec. 28, 1909, General Order No. 253 was published, establishing the official military occupational specialty of the chaplain assistant, stating that one enlisted man will serve to assist the chaplain in the performance of his official duties.

  • Chief of Chaplains stresses importance of strengthening faith, spirituality

    Nov 26, 2009

    Chief of Chaplains Chap. (Maj. Gen.) Douglas L. Carver, accompanied by the Chief of Chaplains and Regimental Sgt. Maj. Tommy Marrero, left their families behind this Thanksgiving season and embarked on a journey to thank and praise Servicemembers throughout Iraq.

  • Army develops new program as 2009 suicide numbers remain high

    Nov 21, 2009

    Recently, the Army released suicide statistics for the month of October and the total number of suicides, suspected and confirmed, for 2009. Data indicates the number of Soldiers taking their own lives has surpassed numbers recorded at the same time last year.

  • Pentagon launches review of Fort Hood shooting

    Nov 20, 2009

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates Thursday announced the Defense Department will conduct a broad review of the Nov. 5 Fort Hood, Texas, shooting that left 13 dead and dozens injured.

  • West Point celebrates 25th anniversary of Jewish Chapel openin

    Nov 19, 2009

    Jewish cadet roots at the U.S. Military Academy stem back to the first graduating class in 1802, when Simon Magruder Levy of Baltimore finished second in the class. Since Levy's graduation, more than 900 Jewish cadets have matriculated from the grounds of West Point, while countless others have participated in the cadets' education in and out of the classroom.

  • Mental fitness focus for Vicenza comprehensive working group

    Nov 19, 2009

    Sitting in front of a computer and filling out a questionnaire sounds like a strange way to test fitness, but that's exactly how the Army will measure the fitness of the force as part of the new Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program.

  • Soldiers visit historical ruins of Ur

    Nov 18, 2009

    UR, Iraq - More than 230 Soldiers with the 121st Brigade Support Battalion visited the archaeological remains of Ur, Nov. 12, near Contingency Operating Location Adder, Iraq.

  • Sustainers host Strong Bonds retreat

    Nov 13, 2009

    FORT KNOX, Ky. - Members of Fort Knox's 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and 233rd Transportation Company attended a Strong Bonds retreat Nov. 6-8 at Louisville's Galt House Hotel & Suites. The Strong Bonds retreat was organized and implemented by the 3d ESC chaplain's office and offered ways to increase individual Soldier and Family readiness and resiliency through relationship education and skills training. The retreats are planned quarterly and give single Soldiers and couples the opportunity to relax while receiving training.

  • Grieving has no time limit; help available for all affected by tragedy

    Nov 13, 2009

    In the aftermath of the Nov. 5 shootings, Soldiers, family members and civilians are looking for answers, but they're also looking for help. That help is available to anyone in need, no matter what the time.

  • Bamberg chaplain rises to finals

    Nov 13, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany - Although Chaplain (Capt.) Don Williamson calls Missoula, Mont., home, it was growing up in Connecticut where he first began developing vocally.

  • Fort Jackson graduation a first for Navy chaplains

    Nov 12, 2009

    After 12 weeks of training, 28 Navy chaplains graduated from the first chaplain basic course at the new Naval Chaplaincy School and Center on Fort Jackson Friday.

  • Hood, nation pay tribute to victims of post shooting spree

    Nov 11, 2009

    The mournful and all too familiar scene of a bugler playing Taps occurred again here Tuesday as the Fort Hood community paid its respects to fallen warriors struck down last week allegedly at the hands of a lone gunman, who also happened to wear an Army uniform.

  • Vice President grieves with Fort Lewis for fallen Stryker Soldiers

    Nov 10, 2009

    Vice President Joe Biden joined the Fort Lewis, Wash., community Tuesday to grieve the loss and honor the sacrifice of seven Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment.

  • Chaplain Helps Others Fight Stress

    Nov 9, 2009

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Readers of Mark Bowden's "Black Hawk Down" can put the book aside when they've had enough of their mind's reaction of the brutal 1993 battle of Mogadishu, Somalia. But Maj. Jeff Struecker, chaplain, isn't that lucky. The decorated Army Ranger was charged with leading the ground assault force on all the targets that the task force hit in Somalia. "I had been shot at and seen many dead warriors [before Mogadishu]," Struecker said. "I never experienced anything like the violence and the overwhelming sense of desperation like I experienced in Somalia.

  • Chaplain works to strengthen marriages

    Nov 9, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq - The Special Troops Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade kicked off a weekly marriage enrichment class here Nov. 3.

  • Soldiers around the world take time to honor those on Fort Hood

    Nov 9, 2009

    Soldiers around the world are taking time to pause and honor those who were injured or killed in the tragic shooting on Fort Hood, Texas.

  • God's Grounds provides Soldiers coffee, perspective

    Nov 9, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION ADDER, Iraq - Soldiers at Contingency Operating Location Adder, Iraq, have a steady supply of caffeine, courtesy of God's Grounds, a cafAfA run by the chapel here.