SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command headquarters recently welcomed Chaplain (Maj.) Brad Kattelmann to its team of Surface Warriors.

Born into a U.S. Army family, Kattelmann began Army ROTC at Creighton University to pay for school, but felt the Army was a path that suited him. During that time, he felt the calling for the ministry and graduated with a Theology degree. He then attended the Iliff School of Theology in Omaha, Nebraska. He is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry degree at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.

Kattelmann has served in the Army for nine years and is no stranger to the rigors of deployments, amassing 35 months in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Combat ministry is why chaplains exist in the military. We provide Soldiers the opportunity for free exercise of religion," he said. "Deployments create some of the best opportunities for ministry."

"SDDC is much different than anywhere else I've served, but I'm excited for the unique ministry, a chance to learn about parts of the Army that I always took for granted, and serve the members of the SDDC team," he said.

In his free time, Kattelmann enjoys fishing, running, cycling, camping, photography, computers, and being with his wife, Allison, and three young children.

The SDDC Chaplain's office continues to offer weekly bible study programs, religious and spiritual counseling, crisis management, marriage and pre-marriage counseling, and group and individual prayer.

His future plans include developing a podcast that will be available to the command's workforce on the SDDC Portal page.

"I've been really impressed with the professionalism of the folks at SDDC. They've been very welcoming to me since I arrived," he concluded.