WIESBADEN, Germany -- Soldiers, Civilians, local national employees and family members from 2nd Theater Signal Brigade gathered for a prayer luncheon Sept. 22, 2017 at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Community Activities Center.
Attendees were treated to an all-you-can-eat taco buffet and a presentation by guest speaker Sgt. Maj. Richard Thomas, the U.S. Army Europe Equal Opportunity sergeant major, who spoke about faith, resiliency and the EMT process.
"How does one maintain peace in the midst of chaos, in the midst of discord, or in dealing with conflicts? How do we become resilient while keeping the pace or the up tempo? The process is to establish, maintain and transform using your faith," Thomas said.
He explained the three parts of the EMT process as: 1) Establish a firm or stable faith base; 2) Maintain your faith through opposition; and 3) Transform to your surroundings instead of conforming to them.
"I have a philosophy: it's not about what I go through, it's about how I go through it. A lot of times we focus more about the problem than the solutions to the problem," Thomas said.
He explained during times of opposition and hardship it's our faith that's on trial, and as leaders we have an opportunity to transform ourselves and others through our day-to-day actions.
"The ability to influence our homes, community and workplace is a direct reflection of the ability to transform," Thomas said.
Comprehensive fitness, which includes spiritual fitness, is one of the priorities that Col. Jeff Worthington, 2nd Theater Signal Bde. commander, has set for the brigade.
"Spiritual fitness fits into Comprehensive Soldier Fitness because, essentially, we're taking care of the soul of the Soldiers, meeting that spiritual need," said Chaplain (Maj.) Herb Lemke, 2nd Theater Signal Bde. chaplain. "As I look at it, the priority is always going to be on spiritual fitness and taking care of souls because that sets us up and makes us a better Army for the future."
Lemke explained events such as the prayer luncheon encourage Soldiers to continue to grow in their spirituality no matter what rank, what title, what position they have in the Army.
2nd Theater Signal Brigade conducts Department of Defense Information Network operations to enable mission command in support of U.S. Army, Joint and multinational operations throughout the U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command areas of operation.