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  • Enlightened training

    Jun 10, 2014

    For the last 25 years, chaplains and chaplains' assistants throughout U.S. Army Pacific have come together annually to participate in some devotion, prayer and like all Soldiers, training. More than 80 combined USARPAC chaplains and chaplains' assistants attended the Chaplaincy Annual Sustainment Training held at the Joseph Estabrook Chapel on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe, Hawaii from June 5-6.

  • Unit Ministry Teams Host Cultural Exchange with Kuwait Ministry of Defense

    Jun 9, 2014

    On May 12, Active Duty, Army Reserve and National Guard UMT personnel deployed to Kuwait had the opportunity to learn how the Kuwait military takes care of the religious needs of its Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines at a religious and cultural affairs information exchange program with staff members from the Kuwait Ministry of Defense Directorate of Moral Guidance and Public Relations (DMG).

  • Chaplain treats mind and soul

    Jun 9, 2014

    As the warriors of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team practiced force-on-force operations at the National Training Center, here, stress levels were running high. Chaplain (Maj.) David R. Schlichter, 2nd SBCT, provided them a safe place to vent their hardships.

  • Team does heroic chaplain's walk

    Jun 5, 2014

    Pilsen, Kan. -- Three chaplains, seven chaplain assistants and two family members led by Fort Sill Installation Chaplain (Col.) Matthew Pawlikowski and Staff Sgt. Braden Meyer, 214th Fires Brigade chaplain assistant, completed the three-day, 60-mile Pilsen Pilgrimage, May 30 to June 1 across Kansas from Wichita to Pilsen.

  • Teach thy neighbor: Middle school students learn English from Soldiers

    Jun 4, 2014

    U.S. service members are visitors to the Republic of Korea and it is important to foster positive relations with our host nation. U.S. Forces Korea, peninsula wide operates the Good Neighbor Program to assist the U.S. military in making and keeping positive, friendly relations, and maintaining a strong alliance.

  • The Transformational Power of a Solid Commander Chaplain Relationship

    Jun 4, 2014

    Chaplains are special staff officers who advise commanders on religion, ethics, morals, and morale. This article outlines best practices regarding the important relationship between chaplain and commander to proactively address issues and dynamics in their unit formations.

  • Eagle Scout creates memorial for former chapel

    Jun 3, 2014

    For years, the site of the former Fort Benning Catholic Chapel on Main Post remained empty after an electrical fire destroyed the building in January of 2002. That was until 15-year-old Kevin Yanoschik decided to use his Eagle Scout project to turn the area into a historical landmark.

  • Fighting suicide: spotlight on male Soldiers

    May 30, 2014

    June is Men's Health Month and an opportunity to focus on our male Soldiers.

  • First Team welcomes new division chaplain

    May 30, 2014

    Soldiers, family and friends gathered at the 1st Cavalry Division Memorial Chapel here to witness the 1st Cavalry Division welcome its new division chaplain during a Change of Stole Ceremony May 21.

  • Raptors remember those who paid ultimate sacrifice

    May 29, 2014

    "If it be my lot to die, let me do so with courage and honor in a manner which will bring the greatest harm to the enemy and please, oh Lord, protect and guide those I shall leave behind," an excerpt from "A Soldier's Prayer" by Gen. George S Patton II. Hundreds of Soldiers and civilians stationed at Kandahar Airfield participated in a Memorial Day prayer dinner May 26, hosted by the Task Force Raptor ministry team as a way to pay tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

  • US troops carry 2,500 pounds of food, supplies to remote village in Honduras

    May 29, 2014

    More than 120 members of Joint Task Force-Bravo, with the support of Joint Task Force-Bravo's Joint Security Forces and the Honduran military, completed a volunteer seven-mile round-trip hike to deliver 2,500 pounds of food and supplies to families in need in the mountain village of El Tamarindo outside Comayagua, Honduras, May 17, 2014.

  • Fort Gordon remembers fallen heroes

    May 29, 2014

    Individuals gathered for the Survivor Outreach Service Warrior Remembrance ceremony May 22 held at Freedom Park. As the nation prepared to honor its fallen military heroes over the Memorial Day holiday, so did Fort Gordon.

  • Quad Cities community joins Rock Island Arsenal for prayer luncheon

    May 29, 2014

    Members of the Quad Cities religious community joined Arsenal Island chaplains for the 4th Annual Rock Island Arsenal Prayer Luncheon May 28 at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill.

  • All American Prayer Breakfast celebrates spiritual resiliency

    May 27, 2014

    Maj. Gen. Donald Rutherford, the 23rd chief of the chaplains, spoke at the All American Prayer Breakfast, May 20. In keeping with this year's 82nd Airborne Division All American Week theme of "Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and the Paratrooper," Rutherford highlighted the story of Col. Rueben Henry Tucker of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, who led his men with new strength to repulse an overwhelming counterattack and save the Salerno beachhead in September 1943.

  • Chaplains honor, remember the fallen at 'Flags-In'

    May 23, 2014

    U.S. Army Chaplain's from across the National Capital Region participated in the annual Flags-In ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day.

  • Marriage 101: Communication a key component to a healthy relationship

    May 22, 2014

    Marriage is a huge step in anyone's life, and the Fort Rucker Religious Support Office wants to make sure that people on the installation are ready before making that commitment.

  • Chaplain works alongside troops in Guatemala

    May 20, 2014

    Lt. Col. John Meyer, chaplain and his assistant Pfc. Josiah Williams, both of the 372nd Engineer Brigade of Minnesota, joined a rotation of soldiers from all over the world during Beyond the Horizon 2014 - Guatemala. Beyond the Horizon is a joint partnership between the United States and Central and South America and the Caribbean to bring medical, dental, and engineering programs to the local communities.

  • Fort Bliss spouse donates kidney

    May 20, 2014

    A Fort Bliss spouse traveled across the country to save a life. April Scott, the wife of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jeffery Scott, unit movement officer for 4th Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, traveled to Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta to donate a kidney to her son's former fifth grade teacher, Stephanie Barnes. The transplant will give Barnes a second chance at life.

  • Why I Serve: Selfless service begins with promise

    May 20, 2014

    The frantic pace of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team's training rotation at the National Training Center could not stop Chaplain (Maj.) Michael McDonald, brigade chaplain, 1st ABCT, 1st Infantry Division, from organizing a post-wide Passover celebration for his Soldiers.

  • Students near Shindand get new supplies, shoes

    May 20, 2014

    The 2nd SOB mullahs, religious cultural advisers, along with commandos, conducted their first Afghan RCA-led mission May 14 to bring school supplies to that boy's school and a nearby girl's school.

  • Korean War POW recalls Army chaplain's heroic acts

    May 15, 2014

    A Korean War vet described an Army chaplain as the greatest person he's ever know during the Fort Sill National Day of Prayer Luncheon May 8.

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training offered to Michigan National Guardsmen

    May 15, 2014

    Depending on which national news source one listens to or reads, a person may obtain a varying understanding of the rate of suicides across the military community. A November 2013 Huffington Post article stated that the number of military personnel who died by suicide had dropped by 22 percent from the previous year. In April 2014, an online article written for USA Today stated that the rate of suicide in the military was slightly higher than reported due to an arithmetic error in the way the calculations were figured.

  • History remembered: Casey's cross

    May 15, 2014

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 210th Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, hike the steep incline of a nearby mountain through deciduous forest on a path long hidden by brown broad leaves from seasons past, May 10, Camp Casey, South Korea.

  • 10th Regional Support Group Unit Ministry Team conducts relationship training Okinawa-style

    May 14, 2014

    Single Soldiers of the 10th Regional Support Group Headquarters and Headquarters Company conducted relationship training March 24 at Okuma Recreation Facility, Okinawa Japan. Soldiers were taught by the 78th Signal Battalion's Chaplain Mike Jernigan of Fayetteville, North Carolina, in the beautiful Okinawa outdoors to learn how to foster positive relationships.

  • World War II veteran shares life of selfless service

    May 8, 2014

    FORT SILL, Okla. May 8, 2014 -- May 8, 1945, Allied forces celebrated victory over the German army; after four hard years of war American service members were ready to go home and get on with their lives. Pfc. Hall Duncan was one of those GIs, but wasn't eligible to return stateside as he didn't have enough points to qualify to leave.

  • Chaplains prep for commemorative walk

    May 8, 2014

    FORT SILL, Okla. May 8, 2014 -- Staff Sgt. Braden Meyer, 214th Fires Brigade chaplain assistant, and Fort Sill installation chaplain (Col.) Matthew Pawlikowski, are working together to organize a team of chaplains and chaplain assistants to participate in the annual Pilsen Pilgrimage.

  • 'There's Nothing Else Beyond Helping Others'

    May 7, 2014

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In the jungles of Vietnam, through the challenges of leading Soldiers as a top noncommissioned officer in the 1970s, '80s and early '90s, and as a counselor to today's veterans, Charlie Miller continues to wear the shield of God.

  • National Day of Prayer breakfast celebrates unity

    May 7, 2014

    The Fort Belvoir Garrison Chaplains Office hosted the 2014 National Day of Prayer breakfast, May 1 at the Officers' Club. Guest speaker, retired Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Douglas Carver, the 22nd Army Chief of Chaplains, discussed this year's theme, "One voice united in prayer," and reminded everyone of the importance of spiritual discipline.

  • Chaplain Mel Baars O'Malley: Room for all of us

    May 5, 2014

    U.S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Mel Baars O'Malley offers a reflection on her experience as a female chaplain. "It is in military chaplaincy, perhaps more than anywhere else in the religious world, that people from every theological background are thrown together and forced to find a way forward," O'Malley said.

  • Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

    May 2, 2014

    3d ESC Soldiers participate in a Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony April 28 at the New Kabul Compound chapel.

  • The Life of Chaplain Oanca

    May 2, 2014

    Chaplain Oanca was born raised and became a priest in Romania but after his daughter was born with severe birth defects is life changed forever.

  • Religious community working together to combat Moral Injury

    Apr 29, 2014

    Caregivers including clergy have always helped service members manage moral injury as they continue to fight personal battles after returning home from war. But as more and more Veterans begin to reintegrate back into civilian life after tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is continued interest in moral injury within the medical and religious fields. This article discusses the concept of moral injury to include religious approaches to caring for affected Veterans.

  • Mobile Ministry

    Apr 25, 2014

    Fort Irwin, Calif -- As the United States Army draws down from armed conflicts, the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, also known as the Blackhorse Regiment, has brought new life to mobile ministry, a concept that defines the Chaplain Corps of the U.S. Army. It has become an important part of life for some Troopers of the 11th ACR.

  • Fort Hood ministry teams care for, counsel Soldiers, families in aftermath of tragedy

    Apr 23, 2014

    In the aftermath of the April 2, 2014, Fort Hood shooting, Chaplains and chaplain assistants coordinated coverage to provide counseling and care to the Army family.

  • 5th Signal Command first sergeant uses Army training to save local boy's life.

    Apr 23, 2014

    The following is a first-person account of events that transpired on April 20, 2014. MONS, Belgium (Apr. 20, 2014) -- On Easter, April 20, 2014, my wife and I planned on taking our three sons to the Jemappes Park just outside of Mons. They were supposed to have an Easter Egg hunt for the local children. When we awoke that Sunday morning it was fairly cool outside with a forecast of scattered showers so we were undecided whether we would go to the park or not. At about 1 p.m. we decided that we would go, although the Easter Egg hunt was over.

  • Military Chaplains host Easter service

    Apr 22, 2014

    Hundreds of visitors gathered at Arlington National Cemetery's Memorial Amphitheater to watch the sunrise during the annual Easter Sunrise Service hosted by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington's Command Chaplain in Arlington, Va., April 20, 2014.

  • April is National Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month

    Apr 21, 2014

    Across the United States, April is recognized as National Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month. The Department of Defense is committed to moving toward a culture free of sexual assault and encourages all members of the military and civilians within the Department to follow the theme: "Live Our Values: Step Up To Stop Sexual Assault."

  • 709th MP Battalion Equips, Empowers and Educates in the Pursuit of Eliminating Sexual Assault

    Apr 18, 2014

    SHARP Stand-Down Day Equips, Empowers and Educates local Soldiers in the Pursuit of Eliminating Sexual Assault.

  • New Picatinny chaplain adjusts to new assignment

    Apr 18, 2014

    Replacing the Picatinny chaplain, Lt. Col. Kwon Pyo., the asrenal's new chaplain Lt. Col. David Jacob shares his plans and goals while at Picatinny Arsenal.

  • Corps workers stay spiritually fit with fellowship

    Apr 18, 2014

  • Army installation holds SHARP Summit, encourage culture of prevention and trust

    Apr 18, 2014

  • Vulnerability key to emotionally coming home from warzone

    Apr 16, 2014

    Watch a buddy barely survive an accidental vehicle rollover. Put that emotional rock in the rucksack. Live through yet another improvised explosive device on a route clearance. Another one goes in. Attend one too many memorial services for brothers in arms. Push that emotional boulder in too. The emotional burdens of war can pile up quickly. Chaplain (Capt.) Jonathan Entrekin likens these stressful experiences as rocks that Soldiers put into imaginary rucksacks. When Soldiers come home those emotional rucksacks often stay on, however, and can create emotional distance with friends and family.

  • Army Family Honors the Fallen at Fort Hood

    Apr 15, 2014

    On April 9, 2014, Fort Hood, TX hosted a memorial ceremony for the Soldiers killed in the April 2 shooting attack on the installation. This article shares the full remarks from Chaplain (Col.) Matthew Goff, III Corps Command Chaplain.

  • SHARP from the Soldier perspective

    Apr 13, 2014

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Sexual harassment and sexual assault in the military receive frequent media attention. Leaders at the most senior levels have taken steps to improve the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program. The question is, at the most junior Soldier level, is the SHARP program effective?

  • Conference promotes international interfaith dialogue

    Apr 11, 2014

    The USARCENT Command Chaplain attended the 11th Doha Conference on Interfaith Dialogue sponsored by the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue (DICID) in Doha, Qatar, 25-26 March 2014. Leaders from religious groups, academic institutions, nongovernmental organizations and government officials from 50 countries attended. The conference theme for 2014 was �"The Role of Youth in Enhancing the Value of Interfaith Dialogue."

  • Auxiliary bishop for European and Asian Vicariates visits USAG Ansbach, meets with Army priests

    Apr 9, 2014

    Bishop F. Richard Spencer, auxiliary bishop for the European and Asian Vicariates, visited USAG Ansbach and met with U.S. Army active-duty and contract priests from all over Germany for their quarterly Clergy Day and to discuss spiritual readiness and resilience.

  • Teen Ministry Helps With Troubles Of Growing Years

    Apr 9, 2014

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In more than 30 years of working in youth ministries, Darrell Good and his wife Cheryl have counseled, mentored and prayed teenagers through many of the uglier things that can happen in life -- the divorce of parents, not fitting in at school, car accidents and teen drug abuse, to name a few.

  • Army Reserve couples strengthened through Strong Bonds Program

    Apr 8, 2014

    The strength of the Army Reserve is only as strong as the relationships that support the Soldiers within it. The Army Reserve works to improve the resiliency of those relationships with a chaplain-led program called Strong Bonds.

  • A Community Responds to Violence and its Grief - A Chaplain Reflection on Fort Hood

    Apr 7, 2014

    Fort Hood was the scene of a shooting tragedy that brought grief to the surface of our collective consciousness. An Army Chaplain with Family Life training shares on how to cope with grief that may be complicated by the "insider threat" nature of an attack from one within our own ranks.

  • A Chaplain Protecting His Flock

    Apr 7, 2014

    Chaplain (Capt.) Chuck Lowman, is known to many as a motivated pastor who goes on missions with the same Soldiers whom he counsels. Chaplain Lowman explains, "Though I am not authorized to fire a military weapon (because of the specific occupation), I have a great opportunity to help Soldiers achieve their mission, whether I am helping them cross concertina wire or just being another set of eyes, I can be there to support them in their military mission, with the hopes that they can come to me for help with their personal mission."

  • National Prayer Breakfast brings faiths together

    Apr 4, 2014

    Members of the Fort Leonard Wood community gathered at the Pershing Community Center March 27 to join together and pray for the nation, military members, president and elected officials as part of the 2014 National Prayer Breakfast.

  • Former NFL quarterback continues fight against suicide and depression

    Apr 4, 2014

    Former Detroit Lions quarterback Eric Hipple played 10 football seasons in the National Football Conference's Central Division. That division was also infamously nicknamed "The Black and Blue Division." Concussions and broken bones were part of Hipple's black and blue football career throughout the 1980s, but black and blue mental health lingered past his football retirement. Now an advocate for mental fitness and a major supporter of service members, Hipple visited the Pentagon auditorium as a guest of the Office of the Pentagon Chaplain March 27 to speak about suicide awareness and recognizing early signs of depression.

  • Pre-deployment prayers and pancakes

    Apr 4, 2014

    Prayers and pancakes were plentiful among the Soldiers and families of the 45th Sustainment Brigade during a prayer breakfast, April 2, at Leleihua Golf Course, Wahiawa, Hawaii.

  • Japanese students tour Camp Zama Chapel, meet USAGJ chaplain

    Apr 2, 2014

    CAMP ZAMA, Japan (April 2, 2014) -- Nine students and nine staff members from the Japanese Christian Student Association toured the Camp Zama Chapel on March 24 and met two U.S. Army Garrison Japan chaplains during a recent visit to the installation, here.

  • Corsair women build resiliency through self-defense

    Apr 2, 2014

    The women of 2nd Aviation Assault Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade trained for self-defense during "protect your body and your soul" training at the 82nd Airborne Division Combatives and Advanced Tactics School, March 27.

  • Joint Task Force-Bravo's 1-228th welcomes local orphanage

    Apr 2, 2014

    Members of 1-228th Aviation Regiment hosted the San Antonio Padua Boy's Home to Soto Cano Air Base for fun and games, March 22, 2014.

  • Army Reserve chaplain celebrates three decades of service

    Apr 2, 2014

    It has been said that he who cannot endure the bad will not live to see the good. Chap. (Col.) Mark Sachs has persevered through both the bad and the good during his nearly 32 years serving in the Army and army Reserve.

  • Area IV Sexual Assault Awareness Month Prayer Luncheon

    Apr 2, 2014

    April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and observed not only among civilians but also in the military. This year at Team 19, the month kicked off with a prayer luncheon with the Chaplain in support of SAAM at Camp Henry, Apr. 1.

  • Leaders Lead in Prayer; Soldiers Follow

    Apr 1, 2014

    WIESBADEN, Germany (March 28, 2014) -- In honor of promoting spiritual wellness among Soldiers, civilians and family members within the community, 5th Signal Command hosted a prayer breakfast Friday at the Community Activity Center.

  • 5th Signal Command gets "SHARP" with Bystander Intervention training

    Apr 1, 2014

    WIESBADEN, Germany (March 19, 2014) -- 5th Signal Command has continued to follow the Army's lead by aggressively addressing Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention and by making SHARP the focus of its Operation Solemn Promise campaign.

  • What's on your dog tag?

    Apr 1, 2014

    For Soldiers, what to put on their dog tag for religious preference is serious business, because spirituality is important.

  • Post-traumatic growth--thriving through life's crises

    Apr 1, 2014

    Many people who experience crises and adversity are able to resolve and grow from these events, drawing upon internal strengths previously unrecognized.

  • Strong Bonds builds resiliency in returning single Soldiers

    Apr 1, 2014

    Single Soldiers redeploying can sometimes find it hard readjusting back to barracks life. 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division is using the Strong Bonds program to combat the difficulties of returning to home station.

  • Volunteers make prayer packets for Soldiers

    Mar 27, 2014

    A unique program teams up Catholic and Protestant volunteers on Fort Jackson to create prayer packets for Catholic Soldiers in Basic Combat Training.

  • Chief of Chaplains promotes power of prayer

    Mar 27, 2014

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - More than 300 attendees to the APG National Prayer Luncheon at Top of the Bay March 19 listened to a message encouraging prayer and spiritual guidance during times of anxiety over personal and worldly matters. Army Chief of Chaplains Maj. Gen. Donald L. Rutherford assured APG Soldiers, civilians and contractors that they are making a difference regarding the strength of Army and its missions.

  • Building Stronger Family Bonds

    Mar 26, 2014

    GARMISCH, Germany (February 8, 2014) -- A group of senior leaders within 5th Signal Command left the confines of their duty stations and traveled with their families to Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, located in the mountainous region of Bavaria, to participate in a Strong Bonds family retreat.

  • Army Reserve Chaplain Assistant earns best warrior title

    Mar 26, 2014

    Staff Sgt. Kathleen (Amy) Justice earned the 2014 80th Training Command Best Warrior title surprising herself and many of her family and friends.

  • Chapel restoration at Fort Indiantown Gap

    Mar 26, 2014

    Volunteers from the 201st RED HORSE Squadron Alumni Association, which includes former members of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard's 201st RED HORSE, are renovating the 109th Infantry Regiment's Chapel located at Fort Indiantown Gap as part of an initiative to preserve the installation's and the Pennsylvania National Guard's history, and traditions.

  • The Last Amen

    Mar 25, 2014

    The view from Greer Chapel's steps gives pause. To the left is a plaza of new cottages, built for visiting dignitaries. Directly in front is the White House, in that spot since 1937, serving first as the camp commander's quarters and now as the adjutant general of Mississippi's camp command post. To the right stand rows of monuments dedicated to soldiers whose lives abruptly ended while in service to United States of America.

  • A teacher of more than faith

    Mar 25, 2014

    As we embrace this month-long celebration recognizing outstanding women service members, it can be difficult to single out just one among the multitude of inspirational individuals in uniform. These exceptional people have paved the way for future generations, motivated others to follow in their footsteps and continue to lead our military and our nation into a brighter future.

  • Fellowship with families of 'Fallen Warriors'

    Mar 25, 2014

    Combat is more than a soldier's story, it's a story of how families of "fallen warriors" adjust to life after they've lost a loved one. U.S. Army Central's Chaplains reached out to families of fallen warriors and invited them to attend the Soldier Family Ministry Forum held at Patton Hall March 19.

  • Care to the caregiver: Fort Riley conducts chaplain training

    Mar 24, 2014

    Fort Riley chaplains participated in an inaugural Care to the Caregiver event on March 3 at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, marking a move to proactively support an important group of professionals who support leaders, Soldiers and their families.

  • Women in the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps

    Mar 24, 2014

    The first female chaplains officially began serving in the military during the 1970s. Today, women of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps serve in diverse roles at all levels and represent a variety of faith groups. This article shares the history, milestones, and stories of female chaplains and chaplain assistants that have served across the U.S. Army.

  • Army Chaplain sisters support each other as they serve God and Country

    Mar 21, 2014

    Chaplain (Capt.) LeyAnne Ward and Chaplain (Capt.) Alison Ward are the first biological sisters ever known to serve together as Army chaplains. They are both assigned to battallions at Fort Bragg, NC.

  • NCO makes long journey back from TBI

    Mar 20, 2014

    A Fort Jackson NCO is education Soldiers about Traumatic Brain Injury after suffering a moderate TBI during an accident in 2012.

  • PWOC creates Easter baskets for special needs children

    Mar 20, 2014

    Protestant Women of the Chapel members put together Easter baskets March 12 during an annual outreach for children in Army Community Service's Exceptional Family Member Program. The women put together 100 baskets, filled with candy and other items, at Woodlawn Chapel after the monthly tea party, according to Michele Fortenberry, PWOC president. The monthly tea parties are designed to give the women an opportunity to talk to each other about some of the difficulties of being a military spouse.

  • Confirmation of faith

    Mar 19, 2014

    Military family members confirm their faith at the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel, March 15, during a sacrament held by Bishop Neal Buckon, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. The Confirmation establishes young adults as full-fledged members of the faith or reconfirms that faith in adults who have strayed from the church.

  • Soldier's faith leads to new calling

    Mar 19, 2014

    It's Sunday afternoon and Sgt. Peter Adams is at it again. He prepares his base guitar for a weekly worship service along with other church band members as he has done every Sunday during the last three and a half years while stationed at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. When he isn't playing an instrument during church services or volunteering in other events across Camp Humphreys, Adams, a quartermaster and chemical equipment repairer with Headquarters Support Company, 602nd Aviation Support Battalion, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, and native of Kenai, Alaska, has an even bigger passion for leading people in faith.

  • Long awaited chapel dedicated

    Mar 19, 2014

    After much anticipation, the ribbon was cut on the new Trooper Chapel at the Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Feb. 28.

  • Soldier first female chaplain in 25 years

    Mar 13, 2014

    Angela White knew at a young age she wanted to wear a uniform and serve her country. So one day when she saw a Marine Corps recruiter at her high school in Montana, she walked up and said she wanted to enlist. The recruiter told her no. Twenty-five years later, White was sworn in as a major and the second female chaplain in the Kentucky National Guard during an appointment ceremony in Frankfort, Ky., Feb. 21.

  • USMA Events Proactively Encourage Moral Awareness in Future Army Leaders

    Mar 12, 2014

    A Bible Study at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point has developed a proactive approach to address the Army's strategic concerns of sexual assault, women in combat, and self-esteem amongst female Army officers.

  • Casualty notification process emphasizes dignity, respect

    Mar 11, 2014

    Casualty notifications have changed in a number of significant ways over recent years, and two chaplains who have been involved in the process explain the demanding duty.

  • Soldiers use Strong Bonds to strengthen marriage

    Mar 11, 2014

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, March 10, 2014)-- Marriage takes patience, time, effort and these attributes don't always receive appropriate attention when the mission comes first.

  • Online ToolBox offers Army leaders a gateway of resources, references, tips

    Mar 11, 2014

    U.S. Army Forces Command unveiled March 12 the FORSCOM Leader Development ToolBox, an online resource for leaders across all Army components and cohorts: Officer, NCO, Warrant Officer, Army Soldiers and Civilian employees.

  • Resiliency stressed at Nat'l Prayer Breakfast

    Mar 11, 2014

    "Being here today is a very special opportunity to recognize the influence, the direction and what authenticates freedom, and that's faith," said Dave Roever to the large gathering of Soldiers and family members who packed into the Main Post Chapel, here, in the early hours of Tuesday for U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii's 2014 National Prayer Breakfast.

  • Soldier performs first lead role in local theater production

    Mar 6, 2014

    KILLEEN, Texas -- A Division West Chaplain's Assistant performed her first title role during a three-weekend run of Kushner's "Calorine, or Change," at the Vive Le Arts Performing Arts Theatre here.

  • Bodybuilding champion serves as Pentagon chaplain assistant

    Mar 6, 2014

    Serving as the only chaplain assistant at the Pentagon Chaplain's Office -- responsible for facilitating religious support to 25,000 service members and civilians from all branches of the military -- you wouldn't think Staff Sgt. Denises Veitia would get bored easily. When it came to her physical fitness, though, she felt she needed a new challenge. So, she became a competitive bodybuilder.

  • LANG Yellow Ribbon events evolve with changing needs

    Mar 6, 2014

    In March 2014, the Louisiana National Guard will host its 29th Yellow Ribbon Reintegration training event on behalf of its Army and Air Guardsmen and family members who are involved in the current overseas deployment cycle.

  • Daegu Soldiers open up during suicide prevention training

    Mar 6, 2014

    Suicide remains a very real issue in Army communities everywhere, and for that reason, the U.S. Army continues to do what it can to raise awareness among Soldiers, Family members, and Department of Defense Civilians regarding its risks. USAG Daegu and the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC) leadership found wisdom in making suicide awareness training available to Soldiers, KATUSAs and Civilians throughout Area IV both during and after the recent holiday season.

  • Preventing, treating suicidal behaviors every day

    Mar 3, 2014

    There are three types of resources available to prevent, intervene and assist people with suicidal behaviors in the Franconia Military Community.

  • Father Daughter Ball brings fathers, daughters together

    Feb 28, 2014

    Nutter Field House has never seen so many tiaras -- which was fitting since the Father Daughter Ball is all about dads spending time with their princesses.

  • First Cup then & now

    Feb 28, 2014

    At Mustang Ramp, the noise of helicopters drowns out everything. The buildings in and around the ramp reverberate with the sound of rotors cutting the air and engines whining up with power. Soldiers must shout to be heard over the noise. Eventually, the helicopters always take off or power down, leaving a silence broken by the clanging of wrenches on engines and a bit of music here and there.

  • Arizona Army Guard families learn habits for success

    Feb 28, 2014

    Members of the Arizona Army National Guard and their families came together to learn to be more efficient military families at the Strong Bonds Family Retreat at the Hyatt Regency Feb. 22.

  • Special Forces soldiers, families learn love languages

    Feb 28, 2014

    Special Forces soldiers and families gathered to learn the "5 Love Languages" during a three-day retreat held at the Sandestin Resort on Florida's Gulf Coast beginning Friday, Feb. 14.

  • Higher calling: Family life chaplain called to heal, offer guidance

    Feb 27, 2014

    Eight years ago, Chaplain (Capt.) Troy Allan, Fort Rucker Family Life Chaplain, reported for his first day of his new job as an Army chaplain, and since he answered that higher calling to help others, he has spent it doing nothing less.

  • Vanguard Brigade hosts marriage retreat in Orlando

    Feb 25, 2014

    Families of 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, primarily of soldiers who returned from a recent deployment to Afghanistan, enjoyed a Strong Bonds marriage retreat weekend in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 21-23.

  • Medal of Honor recipient Ty Carter waging war on PTSD

    Feb 24, 2014

    NATICK, Mass. (Feb. 24, 2014) -- Staff Sgt. Ty Carter has two words for Soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, "Get help." The Medal of Honor recipient brought this message to the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center Feb. 19.

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