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  • 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.

  • Soldiers take time to participate in National Day of Prayer at FOB Salerno

    May 8, 2012

    Soldiers deployed to Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, participated in the National Day of Prayer, a day chosen by Congress, when people are encouraged to turn to God in prayer and meditation.

  • TAPS Good Grief Camp looks for a few good mentors

    May 7, 2012

    The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, an organization that provides support to the Families of fallen service members, is looking for active-duty military and recent veterans in the Washington, D.C., area to volunteer as mentors to children and teens in the TAPS National Good Grief Camp over Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27.

  • 'Provider' Soldiers on a getaway, learn about relationships

    May 3, 2012

    Single Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Sustainment Brigade, Third Infantry Division, visited downtown Jacksonville, Fla., for a Strong Bonds retreat April 27-29.

  • Soldiers perform CPR, help to save chaplain

    May 3, 2012

    FORT LEE, Va. (May 3, 2012) -- Staff Sgt. José Lozano can't explain the thought process that recently motivated him and others to perform actions that helped someone to continue on with his life.

  • Ministry 'sweet spot' leads chaplain to civilian service

    May 2, 2012

    Lieutenant colonel retires his military stole Sunday

  • Making a Difference One Soldier at a Time

    May 2, 2012

    In an environment where operations never seem to slow and everyone is on constant alert; soldiers very often begin to feel the effects of a sometimes chaotic and always demanding profession.

  • Leaders seek divine guidance during prayer breakfast

    Apr 25, 2012

    YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- In the midst of a year full of changes, Yongsan held a National Prayer Breakfast at the South Post Chapel, summoning Military Community members to join together in prayer for the country, its leaders, and its citizens, April 19.

  • DOD Holocaust Remembrance Day Observance

    Apr 21, 2012

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh meets a Holocaust survivor and lights a candle at the DOD Holocaust Remembrance Day Observance.

  • Fort Bragg single mothers, children bond at banquet

    Apr 20, 2012

    Single mothers came together with their children to break bread and to share their triumphs and challenges of being both a single parent and a Soldier serving in the Army at the first XVIII Airborne Corps Single Mother Banquet at the Fort Bragg Club, April 14.

  • Dempsey: TAPS represents best of America

    Apr 19, 2012

    The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors signifies all that is good about America, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in Washington, D.C., April 18, 2012.

  • Few of the few to pray

    Apr 18, 2012

    The Army accounts for a small portion of the U.S. population, and one of the smallest group inside the Army is the female chaplain. Lt. Col. Rachel S. Coggins, United States Army Reserve Support Command Chaplain, who received her Ph.D. of ministry in women's studies from Trinity College of the Bible Theological Seminary, is a member of this small female chaplain group.

  • U.S. Army Africa chaplains continue engagements in Liberia

    Apr 16, 2012

    Returning from a second engagement, U.S. Army Africa Chaplain (Maj.) Allen Staley, and Command Chap. (Col.) Gary Brown from 21st Theater Support Command, worked with more than 20 Liberian Armed Forces chaplains during a Chaplain Professionalization Seminar in Monrovia, Liberia.

  • Vanguard UMT strengthens Soldiers' spiritual fitness with prayer breakfast

    Apr 13, 2012

    In an effort to foster good fellowship and boost Soldier morale, the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division's Unit Ministry Team hosted an opportunity for divine dining, March 27.

  • Chaplain training center at Fort Bragg receives award of excellence

    Apr 13, 2012

    The Watters Family Life Chaplain Training Center not only impacts the installation, but also extends beyond its physical parameters. In recognition of that work, the center recently received an award for excellence in ministry from the North Carolina Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, which was presented April 4, during a noon, community luncheon at the center.

  • Volunteers help Yongsan be Army Strong

    Apr 12, 2012

    YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- The army of Volunteers on U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan helps Servicemembers, Families and the entire Community in many ways. The Volunteer of the Year ceremony on April 20 is a reminder of the behind-the-scenes work that goes on all over the garrison every day.

  • Easter service delivers message of hope

    Apr 12, 2012

    There are only a few times each year when Soldiers and families can really celebrate faith and hope.

  • Quick thinking Good Samaritan saves woman's life

    Apr 11, 2012

    Ordinary drive to church turns into life saving venture for SMDC contractor

  • Easter Sunrise Service at Arlington National Cemetery

    Apr 10, 2012

    Thousands observed the annual Easter Sunrise Service hosted by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington Command Chaplain.

  • Chiefs of Chaplains Visit Sabalu-Harrison and tour DFIP

    Apr 8, 2012

  • Buddhist New Year celebrated at Lewis-McChord

    Apr 6, 2012

    The next time you're faced with a delay, consider practicing mindfulness rather than losing yourself in impatience.

  • Fort Drum NCO earns 'Best Warrior' title

    Apr 5, 2012

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- One of Fort Drum's own proved his mettle and bested his competition during the U.S. Army Installation Management Command Atlantic Region's Best Warrior Competition at Fort Jackson, S.C., last month.

  • Army Chief of Chaplains speaks at Fort Meade prayer luncheon

    Apr 5, 2012

    Army Chief of Chaplains (Maj. Gen.) Donald L. Rutherford spoke at at Fort Meade's National Prayer Luncheon held March 28 at Club Meade.

  • Science and Faith: Armaments engineer authors book on faith

    Apr 2, 2012

    Naomi Zirkind began her book as an educational tool for her daughters. Later, she decided the book would have value for a broader audience. When a drive for perfection slowed her down, something she often heard military officers say provided the momentum she needed to push forward.

  • 'Compass' guides teens toward resilience

    Mar 30, 2012

    STUTTGART, Germany -- The U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart's Religious Support Office hosted "Compass," a resilience retreat for community youth, March 2-3 at the Patch Barracks Religious Education Center.

  • Westphal: Diversity is Army's strength, leadership it's cornerstone

    Mar 30, 2012

    Emphasizing the importance of diversity and leadership within the U.S. Army, Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal delivered the keynote address to more than 175 cadets during the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras' ROTC ball.

  • First Cup offers CAB Soldiers Morale Boost

    Mar 17, 2012

    The First Cup is a place where visitors can find an array of items and services to fulfill their spiritual needs or relax after a day at work. It is comprised of a coffee counter, movie lounge, library, internet café, phone room, and a gaming lounge all comprised of donations from various people and organizations.

  • Chaplain schools celebrate Purim

    Mar 15, 2012

    On March 8, Jews all over the world celebrated the feast of Purim, the most joyous holiday in the religious calendar.

  • Rabbi travels throughout Afghanistan, web to minister to service members

    Mar 10, 2012

    The only U.S. military rabbi currently serving in Afghanistan travels regularly from his base at Kandahar Air Field to other military camps and uses the Internet to reach his congregation.

  • Families broken: Two women survive drunk drivers, make choice to help others

    Mar 2, 2012

    FORT POLK, La. -- This year in the U.S., 10,839 people will die in drunk driving related automobile crashes -- one every 50 minutes. One in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetimes. These sobering statistics became more than numbers for two Louisiana women impacted by people who took the wheel after drinking.

  • TAMC Prayer Breakfast encourages winning warrior spirit

    Mar 2, 2012

    TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Hawaii - An annual National Prayer Breakfast was held, here, Feb. 28, and Tripler was honored to host the Army Medicine Chaplain, Col. Mike Tarvin, as the keynote speaker.

  • Chief of Chaplains delivers message of trust at luncheon

    Mar 1, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Guests of the installation's annual National Prayer Luncheon heard a message of hope, encouraging them to trust in God and pray for their leaders, at the Top of the Bay Feb. 15.

  • 120th IN Bde. enhances Soldier life skills

    Feb 27, 2012

    GRAPEVINE, Texas -- The 120th Infantry Brigade sponsored Strong Bonds training for 12 single Division West Soldiers at the Great Wolf Lodge here Feb. 10-12.

  • Bishop recalls King letter at prayer breakfast

    Feb 10, 2012

    In 1963, a young minister by the name of Martin Luther King Jr. drafted a letter as he sat in a Birmingham, Ala., jail after being arrested for participating in a non-violent protest against racial segregation by Birmingham's city government and local retailers. The letter would be published in numerous magazines and newspapers and read in many homes across the nation, including that of a young boy named Richard.

  • Simple act of caring crosses cultural borders

    Feb 10, 2012

    A terrible accident involving Indian contractors working for the 402nd Army Field Support Brigade at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, led to a simple act of compassion recently that revealed the cultural barriers that both separate and bind us all together.

  • Fort Drum's senior chaplain talks stigma

    Feb 9, 2012

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Although he understands why 10th Mountain Division (LI) Soldiers returning from war might feel stigmatized for struggling with issues like post-traumatic stress, Fort Drum's senior chaplain wants the community to know there is no dishonor in asking for help. Chaplain (Col.) Darrell Thomsen Jr., who recently took over as senior installation chaplain, likened the invisible wounds that Soldiers often receive to the fractured leg of a football player who temporarily leaves the game.

  • U.S., Iraqi pastors connect through Christian faith at Fort Bragg

    Feb 3, 2012

    the United States continues to nurture its partnership with the Iraqi people and U.S. Army Christian chaplains from Fort Bragg and two Iraqi Christian pastors, Reverends Aziz Makadsi and Joseph Francis, came together to share ideas and stories during a pastor meeting at John F. Kennedy Memorial Chapel Jan. 27.

  • 82nd Airborne chaplain assistant speaks at NCO Induction ceremony

    Jan 31, 2012

  • New Jersey Army Reserve Soldier receives 'Chaplain of the Year' Award

    Jan 30, 2012

    Chaplain (Capt.) Karen A. Hallett (third from left) was presented the 'Chaplain of the Year' award at the Reserve Officers Association National Security Convention in Washington, D.C. Jan. 30, 2012. Hallett is pictured following the awards ceremony with Col. Kristina D. Moeller, USARC Chaplain, Brig. Gen. Douglas R. Satterfield, deputy commanding general, 412th Theater Engineer Command, and Rev. Ron Brovold. (Photo: 1st Lt. Jae Bin Ahn)

  • USARAF chaplains partner with Liberian chaplains

    Jan 27, 2012

    Following more than a decade of civil war and destruction, citizens of Liberia are slowly recovering from traumatic events that disrupted their way of life. With the help of the U.S. Army, the Armed Forces of Liberia is being reconstructed to develop a more successful and modern military -- one of those ways is through their chaplaincy.

  • U.S., Iraqi pastors connect through Christian faith at Fort Bragg

    Jan 27, 2012

    Although the mission in Iraq was completed as part of Operation New Dawn in December 2011, the United States continues to nurture its partnership with the Iraqi people.

  • Chaplain assembles 'call to purity'

    Jan 26, 2012

    Last year a group from ChapelNext, a contemporary Protestant congregation met at Bayonet Chapel to figure out how to improve spiritual resiliency at Fort Jackson.

  • Army chaplain attributes life experience to success with Soldiers

    Jan 25, 2012

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- When people think of a new recruit, they might envision a fresh-faced high school or college graduate ready to conquer the world, not someone with a whole other life of experiences.

  • Air Force captain becomes Army specialist in career change

    Jan 13, 2012

    Going from green to gold is a familiar transformation in the Army. But switching from being an officer to an enlisted man while changing service branches is far less common. Yet that's exactly what Joe Newsom did, choosing to continue serving the best way he knew how.

  • U.S. Army Africa Chaplains lead combat-stress training in Burundi

    Jan 4, 2012

    Two U.S. Army Africa chaplains traveled to Bujumbura, Burundi, to lead a five-day training symposium in partnership with Burundi Ministry of Defense medical providers and chaplains to develop strategies to reduce adverse responses to combat-related stress.

  • On duty Christmas Eve: Soldier courage, faith & remembrance

    Dec 24, 2011

    MAASTRICHT, Netherlands -- "I remember times bunkered down as rounds impacted near-by, but I don't think it was ever at the magnitude these men endured," said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Rachel D. Weimar, a four-time war Iran/Iraq War Veteran from Cleveland, Minnesota, who lit candles today to honor Soldiers who celebrated Christmas Eve 1944 in the De Schark Caves here before facing the Battle of the Bulge.

  • Army's first Buddhist chaplain serving 11th Engineer Bn.

    Dec 15, 2011

    Capt. Thomas Dyer became the Army's first Buddhist chaplain in 2008 when he was accessioned through the Tennessee National Guard. Last year, a second-generation Thai joined him in the chaplain corps. In the early 1990s, the Army endorsed both the Islamic and Buddhist faiths, creating positions for chaplains, he said. The branch got its first Muslim chaplain in 1996, but the Buddhist slot went unfilled for another dozen years.

  • Spouses of deployed Soldiers learn to cope

    Dec 14, 2011

    -- Is anyone ever really prepared to have to explain to a child that his or her daddy is deployed? You want to assure the child that daddy is safe and daddy will be home soon. How does a mother convince her child of these things when she is not truly convinced herself? Deciding the right words to say to a child was a topic of discussion from Dec. 3-5 at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch, Germany, during a Deployed Spouses Retreat where 15 spouses from the 527th Military Police Company, 709th MP Battalion., 18th MP Brigade, created a strong bond to work through common struggles regarding the deployment of their loved ones.

  • Chapel ringers chime at Kennedy Center

    Dec 13, 2011

    Holiday music composed centuries ago came to life Dec. 6 on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage compliments of the Chapel Ringers.

  • Relive Christmas 1944 in special De Schark Cave service

    Dec 12, 2011

    MAASTRICHT, Netherlands -- Thanks to Mr. van Grinsven, a Dutch Monk and an eyewitness to the Holy Mass held in the De Schark Caves Dec. 24, 1944, we can imagine what it was like for approximately 300 U.S. Soldiers who sought refuge there to celebrate Christmas Eve…

  • Strong Bonds Lite: Innovative chapel program serves Soldiers, families

    Dec 12, 2011

    WIESBADEN, Germany - With budgets being slashed Army-wide, military chaplains are finding innovative ways to continue serving Soldiers and their families. That "resiliency" is not only evident in the services, support and programs they provide but also in the content of the training shared.

  • Youths find spiritual enrichment in Awana

    Dec 9, 2011

    The words Nathaniel Enriquez, 8, uses to describe why he enjoys the Awana religious education program are a testament to its popularity among children.

  • Strong bonds: Fort Bragg couples get more than a weekend getaway

    Dec 9, 2011

    Fort Bragg Soldiers and spouses found out the key to a strong, healthy relationships during the Strong Bonds retreat at Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, N.C., Dec. 2 to 4. They learn that the important skill sets of functioning as a team on the battlefield, it is equally important for them to effectively connect and communicate in a relationship with their spouse or significant other.

  • Catholic chaplain in Japan bestowed with 'Order of Holy Sepulchre' honor from Vatican

    Dec 7, 2011

    Chaplain (Maj.) Paul G. Passamonti, the Catholic chaplain for U.S. Army Garrison Japan, was invested in the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem during a Solemn Mass held Oct. 29 at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C.

  • 3d ESC Chaplain speaks at Roosevelt Perry Elementary

    Nov 22, 2011

    FORT KNOX, Ky. (November 22, 2011) -- While deployed to combat zones, Soldiers face many different hardships.

  • For one Kenyan, military service a testimony of faith

    Nov 21, 2011

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan -- You may have guessed by his accent that Chaplain (Maj.) David Waweru is not native to the United States of America. But, where is he from? How did he find himself serving in the U.S. Army and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom?

  • Army chaplain in waiting runs away with Marine Corps Marathon

    Nov 18, 2011

  • Afghan religious cultural advisors partner with U.S. religious support teams

    Nov 16, 2011

    Religious cultural advisors from the Afghan Air Force and the Afghan National Army met with U.S. Army religious support teams from the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 15, 2011, to further expand an evolving partnership.

  • Soldier's sacrifice leads chaplain back to Army service

    Nov 9, 2011

    After a break in service following eight years as a Reserve medic, the death of a Soldier inspired Todd Cheney to rejoin the Army as a chaplain in 2006. Today, Cheney is a captain in the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, ministering to Soldiers at Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan.

  • Army dedicates new chapel at Fort Leonard Wood

    Nov 1, 2011

    The Installation Chaplain's Office at Fort Leonard Wood plans to host a Ribbon Cutting and Chapel Dedication Service at 9:30 a.m., Nov. 1, at the new Main Post Chapel, Building 608. The event is being held to celebrate the completion of the 32,900-square-foot facility, to recognize key individuals involved in the project and to officially mark the chapel's opening.

  • Monument Recognizes Jewish Chaplains' Sacrifices

    Oct 25, 2011

    ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 24, 2011 -- The sacrifices of 14 rabbis killed on active military service are now recognized on Chaplains Hill at Arlington National Cemetery here. Many of the rabbis' family members attended the dedication ceremony on Chaplains Hill, and hundreds attended a larger ceremony at the Arlington Memorial Amphitheater today.

  • Army recruiters excel in medical, special missions in 2011

    Oct 25, 2011

    Recruiting Command's Medical Recruiting Brigade achieved a record number of medical specialty missions in fiscal Year 2011.

  • Soldiers at Camp Marmal christen new place of worship

    Oct 24, 2011

    CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan -- Soldiers and civilians at Camp Marmal came together for the dedication ceremony of the new Camp Marmal Chapel, Sept. 25.

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