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  • Soldiers get spiritually fit for life

    Feb 28, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- More than 300 Soldiers and civilians gathered Feb. 20 at the Commons to build spiritual resilience and participate in Fort Drum's Annual National Prayer Breakfast observance.

  • USASOAC fathers go one-on-one with their sons

    Feb 28, 2013

    The United States Army Special Operations Aviation Command (USASOAC) chaplain held a three-day "Becoming a Man" Adventures event at Camp Rockfish in Parkton, N.C., Feb. 22-24, 2013.

  • Spiritual fitness lunch in Kuwait connects Soldiers' faith to resiliency

    Feb 26, 2013

    "What do you do when you are lost in the woods?" Maj. Gen. Gary H. Cheek, deputy commanding general, Third Army/ U.S. Army Central, asked the large crowd gathered at Camp Buehring Dining Facility 1 on Feb. 2.

  • Spiritual mentors serve up prayer, resiliency for breakfast

    Feb 26, 2013

    In an effort to keep soldiers spiritually fit and to strengthen their character and values, the 3rd Sustainment Brigade hosted a prayer breakfast, Feb. 20, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

  • Chaplain of the sea

    Feb 25, 2013

    HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii-- "I have a great respect for military chaplains, and seriously considered it myself. I had relatives and friends who were chaplains. It is not an easy ministry. Now many chaplains are faced with a serious challenge to their ability to minister." -- Father Orthohippo As the former 65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, chaplain to the 130th Eng. Bde., the "Bayonet" family welcomes Chaplain Capt. Christoper Hodge who is beginning to make his impressionable footprint, starting with the 7th Dive Detachment, 65th Eng. Bn.

  • Club Beyond teens have winter blitz in Alps

    Feb 22, 2013

    Thirty-seven Vicenza High School students rang in the New Year with fireworks in the Austrian Alps while attending a weeklong Military Communities Youth Ministries-sponsored camp, Winter Blitz 2012-2013, at the Olympia Hotel in Innsbruck, Austria. About 350 Air Force, Navy and Army teenagers attended along with Club Beyond staff and volunteers. Club Beyond Vicenza was represented by its largest number of participants ever, a turn out due at least in part to 30 students receiving scholarship support through MCYM donors.

  • Fort Bragg Soldiers unite for prayer, faith, food at National Prayer Breakfast

    Feb 22, 2013

    More than 300 soldiers gathered at the Fort Bragg Club to dine, mingle and pray during the 60th annual National Prayer Breakfast Feb. 20.

  • Muleskinner helps people exercise mind, body

    Feb 21, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Some people seek to improve their physical appearance by hiring a personal trainer. Others prefer to focus on the mind with the assistance of teachers, mentors, counselors or others. The 10th Sustainment Brigade is fortunate enough to have someone who can help some people with both the mind and body.

  • Community prays for nation

    Feb 21, 2013

    Members of the local community came together at The Landing Feb. 13 for the annual National Prayer Breakfast to pray for the nation, the American Family and Soldier, and Fort Rucker.

  • Embracing Life: Garrison National Prayer Breakfast

    Feb 15, 2013

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- Soldiers at U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern commemorated the 60th Anniversary of the National Prayer Breakfast this year at Vogelweh's Armstrong Club. U.S. units in the Kaiserslautern Military Community regularly hold such events in early February. Guest speaker for this year's Army event was Chaplain (Col.) Christopher Wisdom, chaplain for Installation Management Command, Europe.

  • Caring for the Caregiver - Col. Rick Bowyer shares how his unit cared for their chaplain

    Feb 15, 2013

    Colonel Rick Bowyer shares a story when, while serving as a commander, he and his unit provided care and support to his unit chaplain in the midst of tragedy during a deployment

  • UMTs to influence leaders

    Feb 13, 2013

    The commanding general of the 7th Infantry Division spoke to Unit Ministry Teams about understanding their role of helping commanders to develop leaders within their units Feb. 7.

  • Clinton Romesha inducted into Pentagon's Hall of Heroes.

    Feb 13, 2013

    The U.S. Army inducted Former Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes in a ceremony at the Pentagon on February 12.

  • Yesterday's Sergeants Major, Today's Chaplains

    Feb 11, 2013

    CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait--With a combined total of 60 years of service, two former reserve component sergeants major are currently serving as chaplains and both are deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Of the Soldiers who enlist in the Army, very few reach the rank of sergeant major. In the history of the Army only two sergeants major have become chaplains.

  • 'Vanguard' couples renew wedding vows

    Feb 11, 2013

    Twenty-one couples from 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division, renewed their wedding vows during a "Coin and Covenant" ceremony, Feb. 7, at the Fort Stewart Main Post Chapel. The couples in attendance ranged from newlyweds married for four months, to a couple married for 32 years, and spanned the ranks of private to field grade officer.

  • Clinton Romesha is awarded the Medal of Honor

    Feb 11, 2013

    Former active duty Army Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha was awarded the Medal of Honor from President Obama at the White House on February 11, 2013.

  • Soldiers reinforce vital skills, build stronger bonds

    Feb 8, 2013

    GARMISCH, Germany - Three days away from work to reinforce communication and relationship skills is what Soldiers and families of the 18th Engineer Brigade experienced here at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort 15-17 January.

  • US and Afghan religious leaders meet

    Feb 8, 2013

    Maj. Said Rahim Hakmal, the Religious Cultural Affairs Officer of the 6th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 205th Corps, Afghan National Army, met with key leaders at Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar in the Panjwa'i district, Kandahar province, of Afghanistan to discuss the relationship between the Afghan National Army and the International Security Assistance Force in the area.

  • 'Partners in Care' goes nationwide

    Feb 8, 2013

    A faith-based program started by a Maryland National Guard chaplain is gaining momentum and expanding nationwide as part of a Defense Department initiative to meet the needs of service members in all branches of the military.

  • Why we serve: Staff. Sgt. Brian Jones, Chaplain Assistant

    Feb 7, 2013

    Staff Sgt. Brian Jones, chaplain's assistant, Task Force Durable discusses the role of the chaplain assistant, from his deployed location in Afghanistan.

  • Morning of prayer

    Feb 7, 2013

    Hundreds gathered at Fort Jackson Tuesday to take part in National Prayer Breakfast Day. Clergy of several faiths took part and the Hammond School choir was on hand to sing for the soldiers at the Solomon Center.

  • Post observes anniversary of Dorchester

    Feb 7, 2013

    Fort Benning observed the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the USAT Dorchester Sunday at the Field of Four Chaplains. The Dorchester carried 902 people including the four chaplains who sacrificed their lives for others: George Fox, Alexander Goode, John Washington and Clark Poling.

  • Club provides fellowship for religious teens

    Feb 7, 2013

    It's called The Shack, located across from Gowdy Field, and it's like a second home to dozens of Fort Benning teens who are members of Club Beyond. It's the place where high school students gather every Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday nights, after dinner at The Infantry Center Chapel, teens meet there for Bible study and fellowship.

  • Missouri Guardsmen learn caregiver skills in suicide intervention training

    Feb 6, 2013

    Twenty one Missouri National Guardsmen participated in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training at the Missouri Baptist Convention center.

  • Strong Bonds retreats build healthy families, stronger units

    Feb 5, 2013

    Holly Coats and her husband, 1st Lt. Josh Coats, a platoon leader with 563rd Aviation Support Battalion, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, have used her parents as a marital role model.

  • 'Providers' strengthen beliefs, values and principles

    Feb 4, 2013

    Soldiers may be faced with challenges and adversities at home station or while deployed. One way to persevere through those challenges is by strengthening values and principles. The 3rd Sustainment Brigade, currently deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, helps promote spiritual well being through religious activities and opportunities, and offers guidance and support to help bolster soldiers' beliefs.

  • Fort Hood Soldiers and families take aim at resiliency

    Feb 1, 2013

    Fort Hood Soldiers and Families take part in "Centershot Ministries". The program aims at building resiliency. It uses archery as a tool to demonstrate life's struggles and how to overcome them. The 85th Civil Affairs Brigade Chaplain, CH(MAJ) Brad Godding, is one of the instructors of the program. He tells us why the program is important to both Families and Soldiers alike. Soundbites include CH(MAJ) Brad Godding - 85th Civil Affairs Brigade Chaplain and SPC. Peter Blanco - 81st Civil Affairs Battalion Medic. Produced by SGT. Mark Brejcha.

  • 'Don't tell them you understand' - Chaplain's assistant shares his unique view of deployment cycles

    Jan 30, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- When it comes to helping Soldiers and Family Members in dealing with deployment cycles at Fort Drum, not many people can say they truly "understand." An individual at Fort Drum who can, however, is in a good place to help.

  • Chaplain receives CGSC's George C. Marshall Award

    Jan 29, 2013

    Army Chaplain (Maj.) Douglas H. Ball (far right) is congratulated by CAC Commanding General and Commandant of the Command and General Staff College Lt. Gen. David G. Perkins for receiving the coveted George C. Marshall Award for CGSC Class 2012-02. The award is presented to the distinguished graduate in each regular ILE class. Ball is also congratulated by CAC Command Sergeant Major, CSM Christopher Greca and the ceremonies Guest Speaker, Gen. David M. Rodriguez, who is the commander of U.S. Army Forces Command and the next Commander of U.S. Africa Command.

  • Chaplain assistant grateful for experiences

    Jan 28, 2013

    Being a chaplain's assistant wasn't the job Spc. Kimberly Latimer-Ellison really wanted when she enlisted in the Army More than two years ago. She really wanted to be a supply clerk, but that military occupational specialty wasn't available, so she was offered the position of chaplain assistant.

  • Chaplains assist Guardsmen during 57th Presidential Inauguration

    Jan 23, 2013

    It's cold in the capital, but the chapel at the National Guard armory was warm. On Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, the room was full of chaplains who had arrived in the city to assist about 6,000 Guardsmen volunteering for duty supporting the 57th Presidential Inauguration.

  • Chief of Chaplains speaks at religious endorsers conference

    Jan 23, 2013

  • Soldiers and Spouses explore intimate communication at retreat

    Jan 22, 2013

    Soldiers of the U.S. Army, Pacific Contingency Command Post and Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion attended a Strong Bonds "Love Retreat" recently, hosted by Army Chaplain Maj. William Killough and co-instructed by his wife, Holly at the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii, Dec. 19-21.

  • Deputy Chief of Chaplains participates in FORSCOM Training and Readiness Assessment

    Jan 18, 2013

    Brig. Gen. Charles Bailey, U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Chaplains, participated in Training and Readiness Assessment training, hosted by the U.S. Army Forces Command Chaplain's Office at Fort Bragg, NC, on January 9th.

  • Chaplain speaks with local clergy on PTSD

    Jan 11, 2013

  • Chaplains strengthen roles, responsibilities at conference

    Jan 7, 2013

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Jan. 6, 2013) -- 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Destiny, unit ministry teams came together for their bi-monthly religious support team conference at the TF Destiny headquarters at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 3.

  • 'Rakkasan' chaplains bring Christmas hope in Afghanistan

    Dec 28, 2012

    This year the chaplains of 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), sought to bring the Christmas spirit to the Soldiers of Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan.

  • Chaplains spread holiday spirit across Afghanistan

    Dec 26, 2012

    For Soldiers serving on forward operating bases and combat outposts across Afghanistan, receiving packages from home during the holiday season can turn a good day into the best day of the deployment.

  • Chief Chaplain gains insights into reserve-component deployment needs

    Dec 20, 2012

    The U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains and his sergeant major visited Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., recently to gain a better understanding of First Army Division East's purpose and mission.

  • Patriots interfaith prayer breakfast promotes resilience, understanding

    Dec 20, 2012

    The 174th Infantry Brigade's monthly prayer breakfast may have started out like many others, but not everyone expected what was to come. After everyone had a chance to eat and get settled in, the Chaplain called two Soldiers to the front of the room and asked everyone to stand for the program's opening prayer. Everyone stood and bowed their heads. Muhammad, an Army staff sergeant and linguist, lifted his hands and began praying -- in Arabic. He offered a Muslim prayer of blessing for everyone in the room, the food, the leaders appointed over him, and the organization. When he finished, Sami, also a linguist and Army staff sergeant, came forward wearing his yarmulke and offered a traditional Jewish prayer of "Grace After Meals" -- in Hebrew.

  • Retreat focuses on families of deployed Rakkasans

    Dec 19, 2012

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- More than 40 family members of Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division attended a Strong Bonds retreat Dec. 7 -- 9 here at the Sheraton Music City Hotel.

  • Change of stole ceremony welcomes new Division West chaplain

    Dec 18, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Change of command and change of responsibility ceremonies are routine in the Army. The coming and going of leaders will always be a part of our military. However, First Army Division West recently recognized a change of leadership with a less-than-routine ceremony. Soldiers in the division bid farewell to their spiritual leader in a Change of Stole and retirement ceremony at the 25th Street Chapel near division headquarters here Dec. 14.

  • Soldiers gather to strengthen resiliency, combat stress

    Dec 14, 2012

    Chaplains from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gathered in a briefing room at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, for an extensive two-day training event aimed at increasing individual resiliency, Dec. 5, 2012.

  • Strong Bonds strengthen military families

    Dec 12, 2012

    "My grandmother once asked me how often I changed the oil in my car, and I told her I did it once every 3,000 miles," said Capt. Adin Rodgers, deputy state chaplain. "Then, she asked me how often I checked the oil in my marriage."

  • Pegasus families live up to Army Family icon

    Dec 10, 2012

    Apart, the two words 'army' and 'family' generate strikingly different images. One implies regimented discipline and order; the other brings to mind love and compassion. For U.S. Army soldiers and their loved ones, however, the two words can hardly be separated, as each impacts the other in ways unheard of in most other professions. These Army families seem to thrive in the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade as the Pegasus brigade is represented by three of the five families who are finalists for the 2012 Fort Bragg Family of the Year. The Trotter, Miller and Buckhalt Families were recognized by XVIII Airborne Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Daniel Allyn and his wife, Debbie, during the Fort Bragg Family of the Year award ceremony at Fort Bragg, Nov. 6. "The nominations are a testament to how much the 82nd CAB families were invested during our most recent deployment. Deployments are the times when people can shine and they're really needed," said 82nd CAB Chaplain (Maj.) Stanton Trotter. Stanton, his wife Lauri and their two daughters, Sierra, 8, and Hannah, 6, make up one of the 82nd CAB finalist families. Along with the husbands from the other two families, Stanton spent the better half of 2012 deployed to Afghanistan. During his time overseas, Stanton, of La Palma, Calif., always found time to call home via Skype to talk with Lauri and the girls. He credits this commitment to allot time for each other to their family's success. "My hope is that others see that we focus on our family first," Stanton said. "That is what charges the battery of our family." Though there were times when Sierra and Hannah missed their father, Lauri, of Woodbridge, Va., helped the girls to understand the family commitment. "I think the girls are learning that what we have in the military is a choice, and with that choice there are some sacrifices that come, but we as a family make that choice." Lauri said. "When we can remember it really was our choice, it helps to get through some of those less pleasant times, the late hours, deployments and whatever else." The Millers, with the 122nd Aviation Support Battalion, were also finalists for the family of the year. Chaplain (Capt.) Eric Miller and his wife Stephanie, of Allentown, Pa., have four children: Kathryn, 15, Julian, 13, Elizabeth, 10, and Abigail, 8. Miller is the chaplain for the 122nd ASB, and has been in the Army for two and a half years. Although this is his first duty station since joining the Army, Miller and his wife are no strangers to military life. Miller is a former Marine who served from 1992 to 1996. Serving in her own right, Stephanie has volunteered as a Family Readiness Group Advisor with the 122nd ASB for the past two years. "Being relatively new to the Army, the Millers bring fresh energy to the 82nd CAB families," Lauri said. Eric and his wife consider themselves down-to-earth people with a normal family and life. They were both very surprised and humbled when they received news they were nominated for the family of the year. "We were shocked and consider it a huge honor. We are 'Team Miller' and we just want to help where we can," said Stephanie. "I believe every family is the family of the year. If you have to walk in the shoes of a military Soldier, spouse or child, you understand how much sacrifice there is. Parents have to work hard to keep the family together and on track, and kids have to endure the loss of their parent for long periods of time. I believe military families are a special type of family and they all deserve to be recognized." As an Army Chaplain, Eric can share his understanding of family with many Soldiers. "The key is to have a solid base at home that will help keep things going even when you can't be there," Eric said. "I am blessed to have Stephanie. She is a strong woman. She has kept things together and running as normal as possible even when I can't be here. My children are strong and understand what it takes for me to do my job. I could not do what I do without their support and understanding." With their years of military service on both sides of the table, the Buckhalts both know what it is like to support and understand a military spouse. Capt. Allen Buckhalt is a UH-60 Blackhawk pilot who serves as the commander for Company B, 2nd Aviation Assault Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade. His wife, Maj. (Ret.) Bonnie Buckhalt, leads the company Family Readiness Group. The Buckhalt's son, Joel, 18, is a member of the National Honor Society and the Varsity Soccer Team at Jack Britton High School. Their daughter, Ava, 4, played a big role helping Bonnie as she packed treats and care packages to send 82nd CAB Troopers during their deployment. Allen, originally from Miami, believes the values that have strengthened his family have helped him in his role as a commander. "What I've learned from my family I've applied to my military family," Allen said. "Respect, love and taking care of one another are principles that are important to any successful family and team." Bonnie, a retired officer who grew up in a military family in Killeen, Texas, has experienced all sides of Army life. "I have never had a phase of my life where the military hasn't been a part of it. This whole process has made me reflect on my experience in the military and as a family member. During this time where the Army has deployed pretty often, I have been able to see how the family members must remain close to one another and support other families in the unit." As the Family Readiness Group leader for her husband's company, Bonnie gets to know many of her unit's family members first hand. This involvement guides Bonnie to understand her own family's nomination as a depiction of her greater community. "It was humbling to be a finalist for the Fort Bragg Family of the Year," Bonnie said. "We know so many tremendous families and we are honored to represent them." Perhaps it is this pervasive modesty, expressed by the Trotters, Millers and Buckhalts, that makes the Army Family an icon so universally understood - a model with which soldiers and their loved ones so easily identify themselves on a daily basis. This family identity will serve the 82nd CAB well as the brigade transforms to support the U.S. global response force, reshaping a conventional unit to a rapidly-deployable aviation asset, capable of responding to a wide variety of humanitarian and combat missions around the world with little notice.

  • Hanukkah in Camp Sendai, Japan

    Dec 10, 2012

    Chag Sameach is a common saying heard during the holiday months, it's Hebrew for "joyous festival," and is being uttered in abundance in Jewish households all over the world as we enter into the Hanukkah season. It's a saying also being heard around Camp Sendai, Japan. It is spouting from the joyous mouths of American service members, Jewish and Christian alike, who are here in support of the bi-lateral training exercise known as Yama Sakura 63, and who are also taking part in the Hanukkah celebrations.

  • Storied chapel resurrected

    Dec 8, 2012

    It has been nearly two years since the 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck the east coast of Japan, crumbling the landscape and then washing it away. The event is now remembered as "3/11," a term and event congruous to America's "9/11." The natural disaster claimed more than 18,000 lives, created countless dollars worth of damage and temporarily caused mass destruction for the people of this beautiful island nation. The people were resilient and started rebuilding as soon as the storm waters receded. One such casualty of the storm is the storied Old Schimmelpfennig Chapel located on modern-day Camp Sendai on the northern end of Japan.

  • FORSCOM hosts spiritual health, healing, growth, readiness training for Fort Bragg Chaplains

    Dec 7, 2012

    Fort Bragg Chaplains and their assistants gathered at the newly constructed 82nd Airborne Division "All-American Chapel," Wednesday, Dec. 5, for a presentation marking the mid-point of a week-long block of training, "The Spiritual Health, Spiritual Healing, Spiritual Growth Training and Readiness Event," sponsored by the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Chaplain's Office.

  • Coming together in Faith

    Dec 6, 2012

    Chaplains from Europe and the U.S. took part in the first ever chaplains conference at Camp Marmal in Balkh Province, Afghanistan Nov. 13. Chaplain (Maj.) Billy Graham, chaplain, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade joined fellow chaplains from the U.S., Germany, Sweden, Norway and Croatia in an international exchange of faith and fellowship.

  • Comprehensive fitness program promotes unit wellness

    Dec 5, 2012

    Physical fitness is one of the most important attributes of a Soldier. Physical training is conducted every morning and standardized tests are carried out every six months to assess each soldier's level of cardiorespiratory and muscular endurance. What one may not realize, however, is the importance of a Soldier's level of emotional and spiritual fitness as well.

  • Garrison organizations help ease holiday stress

    Nov 29, 2012

    With Thanksgiving over and winter holidays on the horizon, U.S. Army Garrison Baden-Württemberg directorates have looked for ways to help ensure community members can afford a dish on the table or a little sparkle on the tree.

  • It's a small world after all

    Nov 27, 2012

    With billions of people on the planet, you might not know anyone when walking down the street. But, what if you were connected to everyone you passed with "six degrees of separation?" This is a theory that everyone on the planet is connected to every other person through a chain of six acquaintances or less.

  • Chaplains encourage couples to attend Strong Bonds

    Nov 27, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Aberdeen Proving Ground's Chaplain Services is planning an all-expenses paid, three-day, two-night training conference for fifteen married couples at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, Md. Dec. 6-8.

  • Fort McCoy prayer luncheon celebrates veterans, power of prayer

    Nov 26, 2012

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- A Veterans Day Prayer luncheon at Fort McCoy began with the national anthem performed a capella by Dana Tock. The event, held Nov. 8, featured guest speaker retired Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Cecil Richardson, as well as other music performed by Tock and a slide show of Soldiers training on Fort McCoy set to a background of music performed by country artist D.J. Danner. "The purpose of a prayer luncheon, of course, is prayer. That will be my focus today," said Richardson, retired Air Force Chief of Chaplains. "Thank you. Thank you for who you are. Thank you for what you did. Thank you for what you do and have done for your country. Thank you most of all, today, for taking time to attend this prayer luncheon." Richardson related a tale of jogging one day, while still on active duty, and of being "attacked" by a 5-year-old boy playing war. Responding as if a child again, he played war with the child until he remembered he was the Chief of Chaplains. He reminisced about his days as a child when he and his friends loved to play war, cops and robbers and cowboys and Indians. Death and dying, shooting and killing was a game as a kid. But death and dying is not a joking matter, not when standing in bombed out buildings, uniforms saturated with blood, or when holding the hand of those about to take their last breath, Richardson said.

  • Service to country, ministry guides Soldier

    Nov 24, 2012

    Some people search their entire life for signs telling them what to do. For Erika Espeseth, it was a billboard for military chaplaincy that pointed her in the direction she had been searching for. She finally knew what she wanted in life: a life of ministry and service.

  • First thanksgiving illustrates power of spiritual resilience

    Nov 21, 2012

    At the First Army Division East prayer breakfast, held here Nov. 20, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Harry Huey used the pilgrims and the first thanksgiving to illustrate the power of spiritual resilience. "The Pilgrims are a vivid picture of spiritual resiliency in the face of long-term adversity. Their story is a critical aspect of the founding of America," Huey said.

  • Training Army chaplains with spiritual, survival skills

    Nov 15, 2012

    Instead of weapons, chaplains carry their faith when they deploy. But even a chaplain needs to know how to defend him or herself against a personal attack.

  • Jewish chaplain honors victims of Kristallnacht

    Nov 14, 2012

    Community gathers at the historic synagogue in Floss on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the "Night of Broken Glass."

  • Soldiers Update: Chaplain and Assistant

    Nov 7, 2012

    A chaplain and his assistant travel Afghanistan providing support to deployed troops.

  • Maj. Gen. Donald Rutherford

    Nov 7, 2012

    Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Donald Rutherford, U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains, sends a message of encouragement to Unit Ministry Teams (UMTs) for monthly training.

  • Chief of Chaplains thanks Hurricane Sandy relief support

    Nov 7, 2012

    Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Donald Rutherford, U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains, sends a message to those helping with the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

  • Appreciating America's veteran

    Nov 7, 2012

    A young private shakes the hand of an older Soldier and thanks him for his service during the Korean War, over sixty years ago. As James Rutherford, a retired Army veteran, receives his medical treatment at the Veterans Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., he beams with pride and vitality as he relays his memories of the distant past to Pvt. Nancy Delgado, a chaplains assistant, 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, who is barely 19 and has only served two months in the Army. Delgado is one member of the 159th CAB's Unit Ministry Team who traveled to Nashville's VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) hospital Nov. 5 in order to say "thank you" to the nation's veterans that turn to this facility for medical needs.

  • Providing spiritual guidance to deployed Soldier

    Nov 2, 2012

    1st Lt. Denny Black had thought of converting from Southern Baptist to the Catholic Church for some time. Prior to Black's deployent to Kuwait, with the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, he had been attending a Catholic Church as well as a Baptist Church with his wife in their hometown of Virginia Beach, Va.

  • Soldiers strengthen spiritual resiliency by reflecting on those who impacted their lives

    Nov 2, 2012

    Soldiers focused on the meaning of life during the 205th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East, quarterly prayer breakfast held at King Hall Dining Facility, Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind., Oct. 29. "Why do we remember those who died in service to the nation or to God," Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Michael Lozano, 205th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East, asked the group, "out of duty, obligation, necessity; out of fear; out of desire … "We keep the memory alive, because the memory -- to us as individuals or collectively -- is important to us," answered Lozano.

  • Event helps local clergy understand military Family issues

    Nov 1, 2012

    Clergy from around the Wiregrass visited Fort Rucker's Wings Chapel Oct. 25 for the annual Clergy Appreciation Day to get training from Army chaplains.

  • Family resiliency strengthens Army

    Nov 1, 2012

    "'Man up?' What does that even mean?" The women on the right side of the room burst out into laughter. The men seated on the left side of the room began to defend their answer to "Ten things you want and need from your partner." The 20 couples attending the 563rd Aviation Support Battalion marriage retreat in Sevierville, Tn., shared their answers to demonstrate the differences in priorities men and women have in a relationship. The three-day Strong Bonds retreat, Oct. 26-28, provided resiliency training for Families utilizing workshops on love languages, how to resolve conflict, and defining wants and needs within relationships. Couples demonstrated strategies discussed during the session through role-playing. Capt. (CH) Trey Vaughn, the 563rd ASB chaplain said the message the retreats convey is cohesion -- between Families, spouses and unit members. "(This training) also tells you how to listen to one another and be sensitive, but the whole time it's stressing teamwork, and in the Army, that's definitely something they stress all the time," Vaughn said.

  • Strong Bonds strengthens Soldiers, their families

    Nov 1, 2012

    A chaplain-led couples retreat is helping commanders build individual resiliency by strengthening the Army family.

  • Family resiliency strengthens Army

    Oct 29, 2012

    "'Man up?' What does that even mean?" The women on the right side of the room burst out into laughter. The men seated on the left side of the room began to defend their answer to "Ten things you want and need from your partner." The 20 couples attending the 563rd Aviation Support Battalion marriage retreat in Sevierville, Tn., shared their answers to demonstrate the differences in priorities men and women have in a relationship. The three-day Strong Bonds retreat, Oct. 26-28, provided resiliency training for Families utilizing workshops on love languages, how to resolve conflict, and defining wants and needs within relationships. Couples demonstrated strategies discussed during the session through role-playing. Capt. (CH) Trey Vaughn, the 563rd ASB chaplain said the message the retreats convey is cohesion -- between Families, spouses and unit members. "(This training) also tells you how to listen to one another and be sensitive, but the whole time it's stressing teamwork, and in the Army, that's definitely something they stress all the time," Vaughn said.

  • 550 attend 'Vanguard' strong bonds family retreat

    Oct 26, 2012

    Five hundred fifty Family Members from 3rd Infantry Division attended a Strong Bonds family retreat held, Oct. 19-21, in Hilton Head, S.C.

  • Chaplain keeps family tradition going at Fort Sill

    Oct 25, 2012

  • 7ID chaplain assumes stole, vows to 'elevate religious support' within BDEs

    Oct 14, 2012

    Surrounded by family, friends and fellow chaplains, Chaplain Lt. Col. Darryl Hollowell was bestowed great spiritual responsibility as the 7th Infantry Division's chaplain's stole was placed onto his shoulders by the division's commanding general, Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, at the Assumption of Stole ceremony, Oct. 12, at the Four Chaplains Memorial Chapel on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

  • Spiritual fitness in combat

    Oct 11, 2012

    Choosing to serve in the Army is a unique and challenging career choice that demands a lot from the soldiers and families who serve.

  • Building stronger bonds: 2nd BCT conducts marriage retreat

    Oct 4, 2012

    A couple stands face-to-face holding hands while gazing into each other's eyes, talking about past memories and feelings of when they first met. They stand around a table with other couples sharing their own memories.

  • Suicide prevention and Soldier resilience

    Oct 4, 2012

    U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains Maj. Gen. Donald Rutherford discusses suicide prevention and Soldier resilience.

  • Strong Bonds program

    Oct 4, 2012

    U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains, Maj. Gen. Donald Rutherford discusses the Army's Strong Bonds program.

  • First US Army cantor spreads faith on deployment

    Oct 3, 2012

    First Lt. David Frommer lit candles as he led a small group of service members and civilians in the chanting of the Torah. A chaplain of four years, Frommer has conducted several celebrations of the biblical holiday Sukkot (Feast of Booths, Feast of Tabernacles), but this was his first in the Middle East.

  • Shoulder to shoulder, Soldiers stand down against suicide

    Oct 1, 2012

    In 2011, 283 Soldiers took their lives. In the continuing effort to combat suicide in its ranks, our Army has mandated a Service wide Stand Down day. In support of the mandate, First Army is holding its Stand Down Day Oct. 4 on Rock Island Arsenal.

  • Fort Lee prayer breakfast serves message of caring

    Sep 27, 2012

    FORT LEE, Va. (Sept. 27, 2012) -- A prayer breakfast at the Regimental Club Monday was the first of many activities that took place here this week in connection with today's observance of Suicide Prevention Stand Down Day.

  • Currahees laugh their way to stronger bonds

    Sep 26, 2012

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky-Soldiers and their Families from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division attend Strong Bonds Retreat, Sept. 21 to Sept. 23, 2012 as part of the brigade's Family resiliency program at Nashville, Tenn.

  • Chaplains step up 'Strong Bonds' to halt suicides

    Sep 26, 2012

    As part of a push to prevent suicides, Army chaplains want 50,000 Soldiers and additional family members to attend their "Strong Bonds" retreats over the next three months.

  • Tony Melendez offers warriors a foot of hope

    Sep 17, 2012

    Tony Melendez, a musician born without arms, performed alongside the Toe Jam Band featuring Roland Guerrero, of El Paso, Texas, and Pat Smith, of Greely, Company, during a weekly Bible study held by Capt. Richard Dunbar, Warrior Transition Battalion chaplain, Sept. 12, 2012, at the Soldier Family Resilience Center.

  • Lagman UMT reaches out to soldiers through books, noodles and the MWR

    Sep 17, 2012

    Gen. William Sherman said that "war is hell." If that's true, then the counterbalance to such misery is the unit ministry team.

  • U.S. Army Europe chaplains train for current, future operations

    Sep 14, 2012

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Chaplains from around U.S. Army Europe gathered this week for the Chaplaincy Annual Sustainment Training-Europe, a week-long event designed to conduct professional development training and provide relevant and ready ministry teams in support of future pastoral operations.

  • Military couple avert Soldier's suicide attempt

    Sep 13, 2012

    One evening in late July, military police called Sgt. 1st Class Danny Licciardi saying that a Soldier whom he knew needed help.

  • Resiliency required for successful soldiers

    Sep 11, 2012

    Soldiers are not just in the Army - they are the Army, and when they overcome personal hurdles, the Army is that much stronger from it. Resiliency training is just one part of the Army's holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to suicide prevention. Discussing theories and practical techniques to integrate into every day activities provides soldiers and their families essential tools for success.

  • 101st Airborne Division receives first female chaplain in combat arms unit

    Sep 10, 2012

    Capt. Delana I. Small, chaplain with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and a native of Springfield, Miss., arrived June 28, 2012, and was assigned as the 101st Airborne Division's first female chaplain in a combat arms unit as part of the Department of Defense initiative, Women in the Service Review.

  • Bringing God into the chaos: Chaplain fulfills life goal in caring for soldiers

    Sep 7, 2012

    Almost 700 people died aboard the USS Dorchester after it was struck by a torpedo Feb. 3, 1943. Four of those killed were military chaplains, who saw there was a shortage of life-jackets and handed their own over to soldiers on board. The chaplains, now known as the "four immortal chaplains," went down with the ship praying while linked arm-in-arm.

  • Bamberg chaplain recounts service on 9/11, days following

    Sep 6, 2012

    Like most Americans, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Joanne Martindale remembers where she was on Sept. 11, 2001, but she also has vivid memories of where she spent the next month and a half. Martindale, the deployment support chaplain in Bamberg, was a chaplain in the New Jersey National Guard on 9/11 and was activated that day. She said she spent Sept. 11 notifying families of the deaths of loved ones in the World Trade Center and then spent the next 45 days at the heart of the recovery and clean-up effort. Martindale said she received a phone call telling her she had been activated shortly after arriving at her job as director of chaplaincy at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey and hearing about the terrorist attacks.

  • Resiliency required for successful Soldiers

    Sep 6, 2012

    Soldiers are not just in the Army -- they are the Army, and when they overcome personal hurdles, the Army is that much stronger from it. Resiliency training for Soldiers is just as essential as any other military training. Discussing theories is important, but working the techniques into practical, every day activities is where the rubber meets the road. "Soldier resiliency is a Soldier's ability to bounce back from adverse situations much wiser, stronger, and better equipped," said Capt. Vincent L. Hardy, the chaplain for 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment. "Each experience shows a person a new facet about themselves and it brings out new coping mechanisms. The bottom line is that the information, if utilized, can help a person or family unit bounce back from adversity wiser and stronger." Resiliency training is just one part of the Army's holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to suicide prevention.

  • Couples retreat builds strong bonds

    Sep 6, 2012

    Laughing your way to a better marriage is not a typical solution to strengthen relationships, but for couples during a weekend retreat, the humorous message allowed folks to tackle serious discussions by keeping topics light-hearted.

  • US Army Chaplain "Always Faithful" to fellow Marines

    Sep 5, 2012

    U.S. Army Chaplain, Capt. David Harvey, is connected to the "Devil Dogs" of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in more ways than one.

  • CJTF-HOA members deliver 'care' to orphanage

    Sep 4, 2012

    Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Soldiers, forward-deployed to Ethiopia, delivered care packages to a local orphanage, Sept. 2, 2012.

  • Boats, surveys teach soldiers life skills during retreat

    Sep 4, 2012

    Everyone has been there. Frustrated with that person in the office or at home because they don't see things your way or they just seem to push your buttons.

  • Couples learn new language, how to fill love tanks at retreat

    Sep 4, 2012

    Three years ago, a young couple struck out to begin a life together with the hope of happiness amid all the challenges that faced them. One deployment and a permanent change of station later, their marriage is one signature away from ending.

  • Command event focuses on spiritual fitness

    Aug 30, 2012

    Retired Col. Scott McChrystal speaks at annual breakfast, encouraging those in attendance to seek God's help when they need it.

  • Wings and a prayer: 4-101 Ministry team lifts spiritual confidence

    Aug 27, 2012

    During the Task Force Wings Joint Operations Aviation Exercise Aug. 19-29, many Soldiers were able to practice their faith, and to help them spiritually during this training were the chaplain and the chaplain's assistant. "That's what I am here for, to provide religious services for the Soldiers," said Chaplain (Capt.) Tim Raburn, the chaplain for Task Force Wings. "I go out and visit with all of the Soldiers to ensure their religious needs are met. We fly out to the Soldiers who are at a different locations, so they can have a religious service as well."

  • Division West NCO reaches for mantle of minister

    Aug 27, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Staff Sgt. Tracy Lostaunau is no stranger to a life of service. He is a mobilized Army Reserve Soldier who currently works as a chaplain's assistant and logistics and administrative NCO with First Army Division West's chaplain's section.

  • Local children look to chaplain for answers

    Aug 24, 2012

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Not one to turn down an invite, Army Contracting Command's Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Charles "Chip" Fields found himself fielding questions from a very inquisitive group of local children at the Grace United Methodist Church Sunday School here.

  • Trails and Prayers

    Aug 16, 2012

    Glistening with sweat, soldiers ranking from private to colonel, snake their way through the sandy trails and hills of Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurt.

  • FH part of 90-country Global Leadership Summit

    Aug 15, 2012

    FORT HUACHCUA, Ariz. - When an audience gathered at Fort Huachuca's Main Post Chapel on Aug. 9 and 10, they temporarily became a small part of a large collective, sharing a common goal. Each person was there to hone leadership skills to become a more responsible guide or mentor in their religious or secular organization. Attendees here were joined by more than 65,000 leaders from more than 6,000 churches and organizations from across the United States and the world that came together for a two-day experience of inspiration, community and world-class skill development. They did this through a simulcast broadcast to more than 500 locations nationwide.

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