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  • 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.

  • Paintball, proverbs helps build camaraderie, communication among PRMC staff

    Aug 15, 2012

    WAIMANALO, Hawaii -- Soldiers and staff from Pacific Regional Medical Command met for a day of paintball and proverbs, Aug. 8, at Bellows Air Force Station, here.

  • Chaplains provide Task Force-51 with Religious Support

    Aug 14, 2012

    Through the years, U.S. Army chaplains have provided soldiers with spiritual support in the battlefield and back home. In that tradition, chaplains and chaplain's assistants assigned to U.S. Army North, based out of Fort Sam Houston, Texas, will assist Task Force-51 in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incident inside the continental United States. TF-51 is a collaborative effort between military and civilian agencies to assist state and federal responders in saving lives, mitigating damage and helping those in need.

  • 'Beach Bash' Vacation Bible School offers youth in Japan outreach, learning, fun

    Aug 14, 2012

    NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan (Aug. 15, 2012) -- The weeklong "SonSurf Beach Bash" Vacation Bible School concluded here Aug. 10, drawing more than 170 children to the base for five days of outreach, learning and fun, the event's director said.

  • Soldiers strengthen family bonds

    Aug 10, 2012

    Recently, First Army Division East leaders and soldiers put their time and energy behind the Army's message "The strength of the U.S. Army is the Soldiers. The strength of the Soldiers is the family." During a recent Strong Bonds retreat in Gettysburg, Pa., Soldiers and their spouses learned and practiced different techniques to handle stressors and resolve conflicts in their marriages. This training is the perfect start to building 'strong bonds' in a marriage, explained Master Sgt. Michael Bair, First Army Division East Chaplain Noncommissioned Officer. "It is about strength and discipline, both in the military and at home. It's this kind of training that allows you the ability to develop discipline to develop strong bonds and long term lasting relationships. Where the Soldier and their families are given the tools they need to fix problems at home."

  • Vacation Bible School teaches children faith

    Aug 9, 2012

    FORT SILL, Okla.-- Fort Sill Frontier Chapel hosted its annual Vacation Bible School July 30-Aug. 3. An estimated 170 military children, ages ranging from kindergarten through fifth grade, attended the free event. Local Protestant and Catholic congregations sponsored the activities for the children, and around 90 volunteers helped every day with whatever was needed.

  • New Fort Meade chaplain praises support for religious services

    Aug 9, 2012

    Chaplain (Col.) Carl Rau, who previously served at the Pentagon for four years on both the Army G-1 staff and the Army Chief of Chaplains staff, began his tenure at Fort Meade's chaplain on July 2.

  • Vacation Bible School encourages children 'to be good people'

    Aug 9, 2012

    More than 190 children enrolled in Vacation Bible School held at Argonne Hills Chapel Center from Aug. 6 to Aug. 10. It is sponsored annually by the Religious Services Office and features Bible points that are reinforced daily through Bible stories, games, crafts and songs.

  • Third Army Families work together at Strong Bonds retreat

    Aug 8, 2012

    SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- Twenty Third Army/ARCENT Families paused their every day lives July 27 to 29 and traveled to the Renaissance Asheville Hotel in Asheville, N.C. for a Strong Bonds Family retreat.

  • Chaplains travel the world to ensure spiritual readiness

    Aug 7, 2012

    U.S. forces traveling to the Republic of Botswana Aug. 1-17 for Southern Accord 2012, are under the spiritual care of Army Chaplain Capt. M. Paul Weberg from Aurora, Ill., and chaplain

  • Stuttgart's Vacation Bible School encourages kids to reach for the sky

    Aug 6, 2012

    Usually Patch Elementary School is pretty quiet this time of year … the desks are empty, the public address system silent, the bulletin boards blank. Yet laughter echoed through the halls as 221 children and 110 volunteers were in constant motion during the garrison-sponsored Vacation Bible School for 5- to 11-year-olds, held July 30 to Aug. 3 at the school.

  • 'Giving a hand up, not a hand out'

    Aug 3, 2012

    Homeless veterans in the local area may be just a little more comfortable thanks to the efforts of U.S. Army Reserve Command military and civilian employees.

  • Ramadan: Time to reconnect, rejuvenate

    Aug 2, 2012

    FORT SILL, Okla. -- Muslims worldwide are observing Ramadan, which runs July 20 through Aug. 18, including one Fort Sill Soldier.

  • Army Chaplains Corps mark 237 years of service

    Jul 31, 2012

    The chaplains of the 3rd US Infantry Regiment celebrated the 237th anniversary of the Chaplains Corps with a wreath laying ceremony at the Chaplain's memorial in Arlington National Cemetery followed by a luncheon.

  • Fort McCoy 'Solving the People Puzzle' seminar provides relationship insights

    Jul 30, 2012

    FORT MCCOY, Wis. -- Personnel from Fort McCoy, the Combined Support Training Exercise (CSTX) and the local communities gathered July 18 at Chapel 1 to learn about relationships in order to share their experience across a broad spectrum of viewpoints. Garrison Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Allen Raub said he organized the seminar entitled "Solving the People Puzzle," to figuratively allow people to put together the thousands of pieces of an unsolved puzzle to help define their relationships at home, work, school and church.

  • VBS teaches Yongsan children to stay strong

    Jul 30, 2012

    Vacation Bible School kicked off here at the South Post Chapel, July 23. Children from U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan flocked to the chapel to attend the week-long summer program, which taught them about God through exciting songs, games, skits, videos and activities.

  • Division West single Soldiers learn '7 habits' at Strong Bonds event

    Jul 24, 2012

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- It was all about the numbers for a group of Division West Soldiers attending a Strong Bonds for Single Soldiers event here last weekend. The 17 Soldiers learned the "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" from the popular self-help book which has sold more than 25 million copies in 38 languages. The philosophy of the book closely relates to the five aspects of the Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program.

  • U.S. Army Africa chaplains conduct combat stress management for Liberian forces

    Jul 20, 2012

    To help Armed Forces of Liberia soldiers deal with the effects of combat, two U.S. Army Africa chaplains conducted a chaplaincy professionalization engagement, focusing on combat stress.

  • Chaplains Support Troops at Operation Golden Cargo

    Jul 20, 2012

    1st Lt. Daniel Leiter, of the 329th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army Reserves is a chaplain working behind the scenes at Hawthorne Army Depot during Operation Golden Cargo.

  • Scavenger hunt uncovers amazing find for Fort Bragg chaplain

    Jul 20, 2012

    Servicemembers, retirees, Vietnam War veterans and civilians gathered near the Reilly Road entrance to get a glimpse of the storied painting mounted on the wall. Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Ron Leininger was joined by Col. Brian T. Canfield, WAMC commander along with a few veterans of the Vietnam War present to witness the unveiling of the "Ministries in Vietnam" oil-on-canvas painting by artist Terry Rodgers. The painting was originally unveiled at the old Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., in 1988, but had not included in the move to the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

  • Chaplain looks back at transition to joint base

    Jul 13, 2012

    First Joint Base Lewis-McChord chaplain departs after two years of growth and learning

  • Chaplains encourage couples, single Soldiers to attend Strong Bonds

    Jul 12, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Aberdeen Proving Ground's Chaplain Services is planning an all-expenses paid, three-day, two-night training conference for married couples and single Soldiers at the Vandiver Inn Bed and Breakfast in Havre de Grace Aug. 1 to 3.

  • Inviting chapel garden beckons visitors in from the storm

    Jul 12, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - A subliminal message of serenity and calm begins at the front entrance of the Aberdeen Proving Ground main post chapel. Blue granite rocks line both sides of the walkway; seagulls and pelicans sit atop wood pylons and a lighthouse welcomes all those who are weary and in need of rest.

  • Vacation Bible School instructs Hunter students

    Jun 28, 2012

    This year's Vacation Bible School motto, "awesome God, amazing power," was a common chant among third and fourth grader attending Bible school at Hunter Chapel, according to their teacher, Spc. Nancy Morales, a chaplain's assistant from 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, who guided the children through a week of learning and activities.

  • Capitol cake cutting Army 237 Birthday

    Jun 14, 2012

    Army Chief of Chaplains Maj. Gen. Donald L. Rutherford, right, delivers invocation, as Secretary of the Army John McHugh, left, and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, General Lloyd J. Austin III, center, bow their heads during the 237th Army Birthday Capitol Hill cake cutting ceremony in the Dirksen Senate office building, Washington, June 13, 2012.

  • Fort Bliss and Bulldog soldiers remember lives lived and lost

    Jun 14, 2012

    The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division Capt. Richard Hartenberg, chaplain, meets and shakes the hand of family members of Staff Sgt. Roberto Loeza following the memorial service June 13 at the 1st Armored Division Chapel here for Loeza, Spc. Kedith L. Jacobs and Pfc. Leroy Deronde III who were killed in action in Eastern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • Soldiers compete for Iron Horse glory, place on Fort Carson MAC team

    Jun 14, 2012

    Spc. Juan Hermosa, chaplain

  • Faces of happiness

    Jun 14, 2012

    International Security Assistance Force Chaplain, Capt. Antonio Ortiz Guzman with an orphan during a donation mission at an girl's orphanage in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 31. Ortiz led an ISAF volunteer community relations program which helps local population with school supplies, clothes and toys.

  • Youth kick starts summer with Vacation Bible School

    Jun 8, 2012

    Now that the school year is over, youth from Fort Stewart are exploring various activities that Vacation Bible School has to offer during the summer. With VBS's summer theme of "Amazing Wonders," youth from pre-k to sixth grade started a five-day program at the Main Post Chapel, June 4.

  • Schoolhouse named after Navy chaplain

    Jun 6, 2012

    In a ceremony Friday, the facility housing the Naval Chaplaincy School and Center was named "Stanley J. Beach Hall" in honor of a "living legend" in the Navy Chaplain Corps.

  • Humphreys hosts prayer breakfast

    Jun 4, 2012

    Praise, song and testimony filled the Super Gym on June 1, as United States Army Garrison Humphreys chaplains hosted a prayer breakfast. The National Day of Prayer is an annual event that was established by Congress in 1952.

  • Waltzing through marriage retreat brings intimacy, understanding

    May 25, 2012

    Romance and other key factors to a healthy marriage, were part of the teachings of Mark Gungor's "Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage" discussed at the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield's Strong Bonds Marriage Retreat, May 18-20. More than 20 Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield couples participated in the retreat which was held at the Savannah Westin Harbor Golf Resort and Spa.

  • Missouri Guard chaplain works alongside Soldiers

    May 23, 2012

    U.S. Army Chaplain, Capt. Jason Smith, right, of the 311th Brigade Support Battalion, 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Mo. National Guard, addresses young people at a Guatemalan Christian youth center run by American missionaries. While deployed in support of Beyond the Horizon Guatemala 2012, a U.S. Army South-led humanitarian aid mission, Capt. Smith met the missionaries at a school reconstruction site and was invited to speak to the children that the center supports. (Photograph by Spc. Anthony D. Jones)

  • Pancake breakfast brings night shift workers together for fun, resiliency

    May 21, 2012

    HONOLULU - Because resiliency isn't just a 9-5 proposition, inclusive only to those who work when the sun shines, Tripler Army Medical Center's Care Provider Support Program, or CPSP, brought resiliency training to those who man the mission on what the rest of us consider "after hours" May 4, here.

  • Chief of Chaplains' prayer at Medal of Honor ceremony honoring SP4 Sabo

    May 17, 2012

    Washington D.C. (May 16, 2012) - Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Donald Rutherford, 23rd Army Chief of Chaplains, delivered the invocation for the Medal of Honor ceremony honoring Spc. 4 Leslie H. Sabo.

  • U.S. Army Africa chaplain team engages Burundi counterparts

    May 15, 2012

    Recently, a two-man traveling contact team journeyed to the Defense Institute for Superior Army Training in Bujumbura, Burundi to work with 16 Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF) chaplains and psychologists with a focus on family counseling.

  • Resiliency is theme for Prayer Breakfast

    May 11, 2012

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. (May 10) -- The Fort Belvoir community focused on how faith plays a role in building resiliency, during the annual Installation Prayer Breakfast, May 3, at the Officer's Club. Editor-in-Chief of Guideposts magazine, Edward Grinnan, spoke about how faith and resiliency helped him turn his life around. Grinnan was invited to the breakfast because of the magazine's relationship with Belvoir. Guideposts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing hope, encouragement, and inspiration to millions across America and the world, according to Richard V. Hopple Guideposts President and Chief Executive Officer.

  • Chaplains view film about martyred pastor

    May 10, 2012

    Fifty Army, Navy and Air Force chaplains gathered at the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Center May 1 to watch a documentary about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a theologian and Nazi resister who is widely considered a 20th century hero of faith to many in the American Christian and Jewish religious communities.

  • Day of Prayer brings people together

    May 10, 2012

    People came together at the Headquarters Chapel on Fort Rucker for a service to celebrate their faith during the National Day of Prayer May 3.

  • Presidio Chapel celebrates Day of Prayer

    May 10, 2012

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - The National Day of Prayer was observed at the Presidio of Monterey Community Chapel on May 3. Keynote speaker for the event was Reverend James E. Shaw, Chaplain (Colonel), US Army, retired.

  • Service chiefs issue strategic direction to combat sexual assault

    May 9, 2012

    Despite years of concerted effort, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the commandant of the Coast Guard are dissatisfied with progress made in reducing sexual assault in the military, and have released strategic direction to increase the emphasis on combating the crime.

  • Chaplains provide what supply cannot stock

    May 9, 2012

    Getting soldiers and families ready for deployment is a monumental undertaking. It is a puzzle with an untold number of moving parts. A big component of soldier readiness is spiritual guidance and counseling.

  • "Miracle" from Haiti blesses Yongsan

    May 8, 2012

    YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- Do you remember it? The devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010 displaced roughly three million people. Haiti needed humanitarian aid even before the incident but the earthquake made the situation far worse byincreasing the number of dead, injured and homeless.

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