Operation Atlantic Resolve brings Baltic chaplains together
1 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Military chaplains from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and the U.S. came together March 4, 2015, in Alu, Estonia, for the Chaplains Baltic Cooperation Exercise, a weeklong conference between the NATO allies. The conference, which was held March 2... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Operation Atlantic Resolve brings Baltic chaplains together
2 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Military chaplains from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and the U.S. came together March 4, 2015, in Alu, Estonia, for the Chaplains Baltic Cooperation Exercise, a weeklong conference between the NATO allies. The conference, which was held March 2... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Operation Atlantic Resolve brings Baltic chaplains together
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5 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The Chaplains Baltic Cooperation Exercise, a weeklong Operation Atlantic Resolve event between NATO allies, was held at the Alu Manor House March 4, 2015, in Alu, Estonia. Manor House is the home of the Estonian Defense League College. U.S. troopers ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Operation Atlantic Resolve brings Baltic chaplains together
6 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Military chaplains from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and the U.S. came together March 4, 2015, in Alu, Estonia, for the Chaplains Baltic Cooperation Exercise, a weeklong conference between the NATO allies. The conference, which was held March ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Operation Atlantic Resolve brings Baltic chaplains together
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Operation Atlantic Resolve brings Baltic chaplains together
8 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Military chaplains from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and the U.S. came together March 4, 2015, in Alu, Estonia, for the Chaplains Baltic Cooperation Exercise, a weeklong conference between the NATO allies. The conference, which was held March 2... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Operation Atlantic Resolve brings Baltic chaplains together
9 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Lt. Col. Jan Inge Ringsby, chief chaplain of the Royal Norwegian Air Force, gives a presentation to fellow chaplains March 4, 2015, at the Chaplains Baltic Cooperation Exercise, a weeklong conference between NATO allies, held in Alu, Estonia. Chaplai... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Operation Atlantic Resolve brings Baltic chaplains together
10 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Military chaplains from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and the U.S. came together March 4, 2015, in Alu, Estonia, for the Chaplains Baltic Cooperation Exercise, a weeklong conference between the NATO allies. The conference, which was held March 2... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Operation Atlantic Resolve brings Baltic chaplains together
11 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Lt. Col. Taavi Laanepere, head chaplain of the Estonian Defense Forces, presents a commemorative plate that reads, "The Chaplaincy Service of Estonian Defense Forces," to Capt. Kenneth D. Gillespie, a U.S. chaplain assigned to 3rd Squadron, 2nd Caval... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Operation Atlantic Resolve brings Baltic chaplains together
12 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Military chaplains from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and the U.S. came together March 4, 2015, in Alu, Estonia, for the Chaplains Baltic Cooperation Exercise, a weeklong conference between the NATO allies. The conference, which was held March 2... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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13 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Military chaplains from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and the U.S. came together March 4, 2015, in Alu, Estonia, for the Chaplains Baltic Cooperation Exercise, a weeklong conference between the NATO allies. The conference, which was held March 2... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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14 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Cpt. Kenneth D. Gillespie, a U.S. chaplain assigned to 3rd Squadron, 2nd Calvary Regiment receives a carminative plate from Lt. Col Taavi Laanepere, head chaplain of the Estonian Defense Forces after his presentation, March 4, 2015 Alu, Estonia. Chap... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

ALU, Estonia - Chaplains from Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Norway and the U.S. came together at the Chaplains Baltic Cooperation Exercise March 2 - 6, 2015, at the Alu Manor House. More than 25 chaplains from these NATO countries gathered for the weeklong conference that was held as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

The conference gave each nation the opportunity to present how they accomplish their missions as chaplains, and it allowed attendees to compare differences and ask questions.

"My desire is that as I give my lectures, I get good ideas back," said Lt. Col. Jan Inge Ringsby, chief chaplain of the Royal Norwegian Air Force.

Each chaplain has a unique way of accomplishing missions, but the conference allowed the chaplains an opportunity to come together and build on their similarities.

"We can see that the procedures and practices in chaplaincy in NATO are moving more towards supporting each other, despite different traditions," said Lt. Col. Taavi Laanepere, head chaplain of the Estonian Defense Forces. "These kind of thematic meetings are very positive, and they lay a good base for cooperation."

Capt. Kenneth D. Gillespie, a U.S. chaplain assigned to 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, was appreciative of the chance to attend the conference.

"It has been a fantastic opportunity to meet with chaplains from host nations and units here," Gillespie said. "I've learned there is much more that unites us than there is that separates us."

A chaplain's primary mission is to serve military members spiritually and mentally.

"The most rewarding part of my job is living and serving within the military unit, with women and men eager to do their very best for the military uniform," Ringsby said.

Developing professional relationships and having an open dialogue with chaplains from other countries was a key objective for this conference.

"These meetings and exercises help us to prepare for different situations, make new relations and contacts and lay a solid ground for collaboration in the field," said Laanepere.

Gillespie believes that the conference served another purpose as well.

"We are sending a strategic message to our allies and to the world that NATO stands united. We stand together with our allies," he said

Other conference attendees agreed.

"I learn every day," said Ringsby. "Being together with other NATO nations is very useful for us."

Dragoons from 3rd Squadron, 2 CR are currently deployed to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve to conduct training with allied forces in Eastern Europe, strengthen the NATO alliance and improve allied interoperability.

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