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  • Army takes new approach to suicide prevention

    Jul 5, 2009

    Story highlights new Army suicide prevention program

  • Chaplain Vakoc leaves legacy of care

    Jul 2, 2009

    Maj. Henry Timothy Vakoc, the Army's sole chaplain to have been severely wounded in Iraq, died June 20, from a fall at his care facility, five years after an improvised explosive device injured him on the drive back to camp from celebrating Sunday Mass for Soldiers in the field.

  • NCO Chaplain's Assistant a force multiplier for command's religious program

    Jul 2, 2009

  • Army Chaplain adapts to better serve Soldiers

    Jun 30, 2009

    Army Chaplain (Maj.) Henry McCain is leading the way for military chaplains and their expanded role and duties helping Soldiers both in garrison and deployed environments.

  • Year of the Noncommissioned Officer - Spotlight NCO

    Jun 29, 2009

  • Army chaplain, doctor comfort survivors of Metro crash

    Jun 26, 2009

    Several Walter Reed Army Medical Center staffers survived the deadliest accident in Washington Metrorail's 33-year history Monday.

  • A chaplain's story-from Civil War battlefields to Tobyhanna

    Jun 25, 2009

    I recently read an article printed in 1914 about one of the early Tobyhanna chaplains, Reverend Father Thomas Sherman, son of Gen. William T. Sherman of Civil War fame.

  • Prayer luncheon celebrates Year of the NCO

    Jun 25, 2009

    NCOs from all over Fort Belvoir joined government civilians and other community members for the post's Year of the NCO Prayer Luncheon in the Mount Vernon Room of the Officers' Club June 18.

  • Yongsan NCO wins region title

    Jun 22, 2009

    YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - The Installation Management Command-Korea the best noncommissioned officer, leads by example and trains Soldiers to take care of community members.

  • Services lead to Global Day of Prayer

    Jun 20, 2009

  • Fort Campbell dads learn from those who know best

    Jun 19, 2009

    A recent seminar for new fathers at Fort Campbell was sweetly interrupted. During the question and answer session, a toddler suddenly burst into the Family Resource Center conference room. "Daddy, Daddy!" shouted little Emily Strother. The 2-year-old raced around tables and chairs to get to the arms of Pfc. Scott Strother. The roomful of soon-to-be fathers, rookie fathers and been-there-done-that fathers laughed out loud.

  • Strong Bonds- Building Strong and Ready Families

    Jun 19, 2009

    Strong Bonds Married Couple's Retreat at Turtle Bay Resort, Hawaii is one of the many ways the Army Chaplaincy takes cares of the Army Team and their families.

  • 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team Unit Ministry Team Training at Fort Polk

    Jun 17, 2009

    Soldiers with the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, were tested on the Unit Ministry Team and Personal Security Detachment situational training exercise lane, June 15.

  • Q-West Chaplains Introduce Video Teleconference Counseling for Couples

    Jun 15, 2009

    Maj. James Boulware, brigade chaplain, 16th Sustainment Brigade, is helping couples work on their marriages, despite being thousands of miles away from each other. He has started a program that allows Soldiers at Q-West to see and talk to each other video teleconference, and receive a two-way counseling. The chaplain's office offers this to couples within the brigade who are seeking to strengthen their marriages and work through marital problems

  • Fort Leavenworth troops named Combined Arms Center NCO, Soldier of the Year

    Jun 12, 2009

    Sgt. Jovan Luna and Spc. Thomas Rincon, both of Fort Leavenworth, were named winners of the Combined Arms Center 2009 Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year competition at a ceremony June 5 at the Frontier Conference Center. A total of 12 NCOs and nine Soldiers from 10 different installations, schools and support activities in CAC participated in the competition June 1-5 at Fort Leavenworth. The physical and mental abilities of each NCO and Soldier were tested in several events including the Army Physical Fitness Test, day and night land navigation, marksmanship, warrior tasks testing, a written essay and oral knowledge assessment board.

  • Army chaplain assistants celebrate century of selfless servitude to Soldiers, community

    Jun 12, 2009

    Batman had Robin, the Lone Ranger had Tonto, Sherlock Holmes had Watson and Don Quixote had Sancho Panza. While these sidekicks may not share the fame of their mentors, they all helped their leaders accomplish their missions and earn their praise, while gaining their own popularity as well. This year, the Army and the Army chaplain corps are celebrating their own sidekicks, the chaplain assistants, who are celebrating a century of service

  • Chaplain recalls path to making history

    Jun 12, 2009

    Muslims, Jews and Christians usually worship on different days in different places. But the celebration of a U.S. Army Chaplain Corps pioneer brought members of the three faith groups together at the Main Post Chapel Friday. Chaplain Abdul-Rasheed Muhammad, U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School, was promoted to lieutenant colonel in a ceremony that Chaplain (Col.) Samuel Boone, USACHCS commandant, called historic.

  • Retired Chaplain Fills Soldiers' Cups With Hope, Strength and Prayer

    Jun 12, 2009

    RAPID CITY, S.D. - Attendees at the second annual Golden Coyote Prayer Breakfast filled their breakfast cups with hope and strength at the Camp Rapid Chapel on June 8. The lighthearted Lt. Col. Lynn Wilson, chaplain with Joint Force Headquarters of Rapid City, S.D., led the morning service with songs of praise and prayer requests from service members. "We wanted to start Golden Coyote with an emphasis on prayer and spirituality. Soldiers are most ready when they are strong in a relationship with both their family and their God," said Lynn.

  • Army Takes New Approach to Suicide Prevention

    Jun 12, 2009

  • VIDEO: The 234th U.S. Army Birthday in the Year of the NCO

    Jun 11, 2009

    The 234th birthday commemorates the U.S. Army, which is achieving a level of excellence that is truly Army Strong. In this Year of the NCO, we especially celebrate the long tradition of strength and leadership from the NCO Corps.

  • Couples reconnect and work to 'fireproof' their marriages

    Jun 6, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Nearly 25 years after saying the words "I do" in a South Carolina church, Libby Bryant found herself inside a theater complex on Oahu, recently, watching the inspirational, gospel-centered movie "Fireproof" when she unexpectedly had an epiphany about her marriage.

  • Chaplains Reinforce More Than Faith

    Jun 5, 2009

    One of the reinforcements all branches of service have come to count on in time of need is the chaplain.

  • Fort Bragg stands shoulder to shoulder against suicide

    Jun 5, 2009

    Special Troops Battalion XVIII Airborne Corps completed Phase II of the Army's three-step suicide prevention training late last month. Chaplain (Capt.) Edward A. Coy, STB, hosted a series of Phase II training sessions known as "Shoulder-to-Shoulder" for senior NCOs at platoon level to provide skills for the recognition and early intervention for a potential suicide victim.

  • Soldiers dedicate chapel at Afghanistan forward operating base

    Jun 5, 2009

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - After almost a year in Afghanistan, the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Ramrod have experienced many hardships, including dozens of improvised explosive device strikes, a suicide bomber and the deaths of fellow Soldiers. The newly built FOB Ramrod chapel fills a spiritual and emotional need for Soldiers. In a special service, troops and civilians dedicated this new chapel May 31.

  • Humor Follows Chaplain into Retirement

    Jun 4, 2009

    With a sense of humor that quickly made him a hallmark on Redstone during an abbreviated assignment, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jim Benson said goodbye to the local Arsenal community and to the Army. After almost 25 years of service, Benson is giving up the military life to return home to his wife, Joanne, who is a special education teacher in San Antonio and his youngest daughter, Samantha, who is in architecture school in San Antonio. He is looking forward to spending the next month or so with an entire family in one house because his eldest daughter, Kate, who is an Army nurse in Hawaii, will be in Texas to attend an ICU medical course.

  • Army enlisting services of older priests

    Jun 4, 2009

    The Army has targeted seminarians and young priests for the job in years past, realizing that only about 90 active-duty Catholic chaplains minister to an estimated 600,000 Catholic soldiers and their immediate families.

  • Civilian Clergy Resources: Ministering to Families Affected by Military Deployment

    Jun 4, 2009

    Soldiers are the centerpiece of the United States Army and they are the strength of our great Nation. Throughout our history, the Army has achieved remarkable success because of the exceptional men and women - Soldiers of unequalled skill, valor and courage - who have joined our ranks. Today's Soldiers are no different. They continue to epitomize what is best about America. They carry huge responsibilities and heavy burdens while providing faithful and selfless service to our nation in an uncertain world of global challenges and persistent conflict.

  • Benelux Soldier of Year overcomes competition hurdles, plus PTSD and TBI

    Jun 3, 2009

    USAG Schinnen's Chaplain Assistant, Sgt. Wayne Karbowski finished a 12-mile road march in record time, held his cool before a tough board of inquiry and sailed through a warrior skills test to win Soldier of the Year for the Benelux region of the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium earlier this spring. But that was easy compared to the hurdles he's overcome in battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). His story is both inspirational and distressing, and it's also indicative of what some Soldiers face as their military careers continue after serving downrange.

  • Cathedral offers tour dedicated to military service

    Jun 2, 2009

    Most visitors don't expect to learn about military history in a cathedral, but a new tour at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., is giving them the chance to do so.

  • Army identifies Military OneSource, Defense Center of Excellence Outreach Center as primary crisis i

    Jun 2, 2009

    Soldiers, Army civilians and their families in need of crisis intervention now have two resources to call for assistance, as the Army has identified Military OneSource and the Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury as primary phone and online services to support our Army community.

  • 100 Years of the Chaplain Assistant: A Centennial Celebration 1909 - 2009

    Jun 2, 2009

    As early as 1866, the Army decided that a Soldier found competent to teach common school subjects should be detailed to do so under the auspices of a local chaplain who often served as the schoolmaster. That meant that the assistant generally cared for the chaplainsAca,!a,,c official property, acted as his clerk and helped with the educational, religious and entertainment programs. The official Military Occupation Specialty of chaplain assistant was established by General Orders No. 253, War Department, Washington, D.C., on 28 December 1909, paragraph 1, which read Aca,!A"One enlisted man will be detailed on special duty, by the commanding officer of any organization to which a chaplain is assigned for duty, for the purpose of assisting the chaplain in the performance of his official duties.Aca,!A? Although high moral character was required, there were no other prerequisites or generally recognized criteria for performance.

  • The United States Army Chaplains Corps

    Jun 2, 2009

  • The Army Chaplaincy

    Jun 2, 2009

  • The US Army Chaplaincy

    Jun 2, 2009

  • The Army Chaplaincy

    Jun 2, 2009

  • Strong Bonds Logo

    Jun 2, 2009

  • Office of the Chief of Chaplains

    Jun 2, 2009

  • U. S. Army Suicide Prevention Resources

    Jun 2, 2009

  • March 2009 "Year of the NCO" poster

    Jun 1, 2009

    This third poster features SGM Barbara A. Hunter who is Fort Gordon's School of Information Technology SGM. During March (Woman's History Month), SGM Hunter was quoted for saying that "Leadership is like a 4 x 4 relay; Set the Standard and Pass it On".

  • Chapels invite children to Crocodile Dock 'Where fearless kids shine God's Light'

    May 30, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - The Schofield Barracks Main Post Chapel (MPC) and the Aliamanu Military Reservation (AMR) Chapel are accepting applications for Vacation Bible School (VBS).

  • Assisting survivors part of casualty assistance

    May 29, 2009

    Fort Sill Casualty Assistance aids survivors as well.

  • XVIII Airborne Corps gets new chaplain

    May 29, 2009

    The XVIII Airborne Corps began a new chapter in religious services as Chaplain (Col.) Pat Hash relinquished his responsibilities as the corp's chaplain to Chaplain (Col.) Chet Egert during a passing of the stole ceremony at the Main Post Chapel May 19. The stole is a symbol of the

  • Military Council of Catholic Women

    May 29, 2009

  • Protestant Woman of the Chapel

    May 29, 2009

  • White, Boatwright IMCOM-Europe top NCO, Soldier

    May 29, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - A military policeman from Stuttgart and a chaplain's assistant from Heidelberg were recognized as the best of the best during the Installation Management Command-Europe 2009 Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year awards ceremony today at Campbell Barracks here. Staff Sgt. Ronald White, U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart, and Spc. Jason Boatwright, U.S. Army Garrison Heidelberg, were named as the command's top NCO and Soldier, respectively, during the ceremony which also paid tribute to the Army's 2009 Year of the NCO by adopting the theme: "Year of the NCO - Leading by Example."

  • New training aims to reduce suicides -- 2009 trend heading in wrong direction

    May 28, 2009

    Story offers overview on the three phases of Army's new suicide preventive training and notes that the Army's 2009 suicide rate -- if it continues -- will surpass last year's total of 143.

  • Link Test

    May 28, 2009

  • The Army Chaplaincy Strategic Plan

    May 28, 2009

  • The US Army Chaplaincy

    May 26, 2009

    Chaplain (Major General) Douglas Carver.

  • Department of Defense

    May 26, 2009

  • Ready Army

    May 26, 2009

  • Army OneSource

    May 26, 2009

  • DOD Warrior Care

    May 26, 2009

  • Suicide Prevention

    May 26, 2009

  • Sexual Harassment / Assault Response Program (SHARP)

    May 26, 2009

  • Chief of Chaplains

    May 26, 2009

  • CBRNE Soldiers, Families developing Strong Bonds

    May 25, 2009

  • Fort Myer's Chaplain's Corner

    May 21, 2009

    Chaplain's Corner is a weekly column in the Pentagram managed by Installation Chaplain (LTC) Barry White, whereby multiple chaplains in the National Capital Region provide their commentary on life in the military.

  • ARNORTH Chaplain NCOs help retired Paratroopers display their heritage

    May 20, 2009

    U.S. Army North noncommissioned officers gathered with retired Paratroopers at the Drop Zone CafAfA and Bar, San Antonio, May 20 to present a parachute and parachute reserve to the Alamo Silver Wings Airborne Association to replace one that was stolen from the restaurant earlier this year.

  • APG Post chapel hails senior NCOs

    May 16, 2009

  • Commentary: Memorial Day from chaplain's foxhole

    May 15, 2009

    One evening, a casualty officer and I drove down the road on our way to inform a Soldier's spouse that her husband had died in Iraq. As an Army chaplain, many thoughts entered my mind. I thought about how difficult it would be for this young mother and how empty the two children's lives would be without their dad. On our way to the house, the casualty officer had assured me that he would be able to deliver the sad news. But when we got to our destination his confidence disappeared.

  • NCO filling important role

    Apr 23, 2009

    Fort Gordon NCO fills important role at the 2009 Presidential Inaugural.

  • 'Lunch and Learns' serve up prevention

    Apr 13, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Quintin Ewing and Bernadette Wong are on a mission. They are members of a small army of education and support professionals working to raise awareness about child abuse prevention, one family at a time.

  • Easter Sunrise at Fort Monroe, Va.

    Apr 13, 2009

    A youngster from Suffolk, Va., releases doves during the Fort Monroe Easter Sunrise Service.

  • Chaplains deliver Easter message to remote Afghanistan bases

    Apr 13, 2009

    The religious support team for Joint Sustainment Command - Afghanistan ministered to troops April 8 and 9 on multiple austere forward operating bases as part of the joint-service mission Easter Contingency Operations to provide religious support in Southeast Afghanistan.

  • 'Sex Signals' -- Duo uses comedy to address serious issue of sexual assault

    Apr 13, 2009

    'Make sure the person you're planning to have sex with wants to have sex with you' was the main advice given to Soldiers March 25 during Sexual Assault Awareness training.

  • Kandahar Airfield personnel unite for sunrise service

    Apr 13, 2009

    Soldiers of the 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command participated in an Easter sunrise service at Kanahar Airfield, Afghanistan, April 12.

  • Chaplaincy Main Links

    Apr 10, 2009

  • CH (MG) Douglas L. Carver

    Apr 10, 2009

  • Couples, singles learn relationship skills during strong bonds retreat

    Mar 27, 2009

    WAIKIKI, Hawaii - Sumptuous crab legs, chocolate-covered strawberries, perfect Hawaiian sunsets, and tools that could save your marriage.

  • Mission: Suicide prevention -- Chiarelli: Skills key in dealing with stress

    Mar 27, 2009

    Confined to a wheelchair, barely aware of his surroundings, reduced to having to wear a diaper, Spc. Kyle Norton is unable to perform even the simplest of tasks. Just a few months into his first deployment, a bullet that barely missed its mark left Norton in a vegetative state. The infantryman was not hit by a round from an enemy in Iraq or Afghanistan, but rather a bullet from his own weapon as Norton tried to take his own life.

  • Chaplain Chronicles Adversity as Female Minister

    Mar 27, 2009

    After a 20 year break in service, Chaplain (Capt.) Kathleen Williams has found the job her spirit desires. Williams first entered the military in 1978 and served a five year stint in the U.S. Air Force. Today, she is the chaplain for the 244th Quartermaster Battalion, 23rd QM Brigade at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Evangelist's daughter delivers message of hope

    Mar 26, 2009

    Hundreds of women filled the North Fort Chapel for the Protestant Women of the Chapel Spring Conference, titled, "Ignite the flame in your heart that will bring real hope and everlasting peace." Anne Graham Lotz, founder of Angel Ministries and daughter of evangelist Dr. Billy Graham, was the guest speaker.

  • 'Prayer is the answer'

    Mar 26, 2009

    Saying "prayer is the answer to every problem," Sgt. Maj. Tommy L. Marrero, the sergeant major of the U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains and regimental sergeant major, extolled the attendees at First Army's National Prayer Breakfast March 18 at Fort Gillem's Getaway club to "pray for our president, our leaders, our Soldiers and their Families."

  • West Point sends priest to deploy with Long Knives

    Mar 25, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HUNTER, Iraq - The United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., sent one of its own, a Catholic priest, to the front lines to minister to the border-watching Long Knife Brigade.

  • Strong Bonds weekend delivers tools for stronger marriages

    Mar 24, 2009

    With the sounds of the nearby Atlantic Ocean waves crashing the sandy beaches, more than 50 couples renewed their wedding vows during the finale of a three-day marriage retreat weekend.

  • Protestent Women of the Chapel (PWOC)

    Mar 21, 2009

  • Female Chaplain Recruiting and Retention

    Mar 21, 2009

    First female chaplain recruiting and retention conference

  • Strong Bonds

    Mar 21, 2009

    The Army's premiere relationship program for commanders to use to help their Soldiers and Family members build resiliency in all their primary relationships.

  • 3d MEDCOM helping Soldiers, Families adjust after deployment

    Mar 20, 2009

    Increasing demands on Soldiers in the Global War on Terror are placing increasing stresses on the Families of those deployed Soldiers. To help alleviate those stresses, the 3d Medical Command (Deployment Support) (MEDCOM) Family Readi-ness team organized phase 3 of the Army's Yellow Ribbon Campaign. The meeting was held March 7 at the Mariott Hotel, near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

  • Fort Belvoir components train in suicide prevention

    Mar 19, 2009

    Over the past month, Fort Belvoir's units, directorates and organizations have joined the Army-wide efforts to educate Soldiers and government civilians about suicide prevention by participating in an interactive video that covers various suicide scenarios.

  • Suicide is not a desire to die

    Mar 16, 2009

    National Vital Statistics from 2005 show that adults are almost 2.5 times more likely to die by their own hand than from someone else's. And with Soldier suicide rates approaching those on the civilian side, the Army has taken a proactive approach to ensure that the entire military and civilian workforce is trained in suicide awareness and prevention. The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command wrapped up Phase I of this Department of the Army-mandated training March 13. The training, consisting of a video and presentation, was facilitated by Richard Lewis, certified employee assistance professional at Redstone Arsenal.

  • NCOs influence Fort Leavenworth chaplain's decision to join Army

    Mar 6, 2009

    A chaplain describes how the influence of two NCOs led him to become an Army chaplain.

  • Chaplain vital to Warrior Transition Battalion

    Nov 21, 2008

    Fort Riley Chaplain provides critical religious services to Soldiers assigned to the Fort Riley Warrior Transition Battalion during their recovery.

  • 10th Mountain Division patch ceremony highlights

    Jul 5, 2008

    10th Mountain Division patch ceremony photos July 4.

  • Chaplains and ethics teachers stress character development in Army mission

    May 5, 2008

    Military chaplains and ethics teachers came together for the Training and Doctrine Command Chaplain Service School Instructor Development Training from April 28 to May 2 at Fort Monroe, Va., to discuss how morals and ethics of each Soldier reflect upon the whole Army.

  • Chaplain assistant jumps into women's history

    Mar 8, 2008

    Sgt. Maj. Monica J. Dixon, an Ashville, N.C., native, Multi-National Corps-Iraq chaplain sergeant major, is the first female chaplain assistant to achieve jumpmaster status.


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