FORT IRWIN, Calif. -- As a two time Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 1st Squadron 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment's (ACR) Chaplain, Capt. Chuck Lowman, is known to many as a motivated pastor who goes on missions with the same Soldiers whom he counsels.
Chaplain Lowman explains, "Though I am not authorized to fire a military weapon (because of the specific occupation), I have a great opportunity to help Soldiers achieve their mission, whether I am helping them cross concertina wire or just being another set of eyes, I can be there to support them in their military mission, with the hopes that they can come to me for help with their personal mission."
Lowman has built a reputation across his unit as a Chaplain that leads by example. Along with going on missions, he executes foot marches, attends events, etc. earning Soldiers' trust to be a positive influence on their lives. I want Soldiers to see me as a man who is cut from the same cloth, said Lowman.
Sergeant Joel Strauch, the 1st Squadron 11th ACR Non-Commissioned Officer of the Month, spoke of one memory in particular, "Chaplain Lowman actually laid down his body on an obstacle for us to run across. Actions like this make him seem more human and approachable."
Chaplain Lowman spoke of the biblical Prophet Ezekiel who had a calling to watch over the people of Israel. Lowman explains, "I feel that these Soldiers are my Flock. I am charged with watching over them spiritually, emotionally, and physically. This is my duty as their Chaplain and my calling from the Lord."
Chaplain Lowman's unorthodox approach has made it possible for him to help hundreds of Soldiers and their families.