FORT LESLEY J. MCNAIR, WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington hosted their quarterly Spiritual Fitness Luncheon at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Sept. 17, 2019. The event, sponsored by the MDW Religious Support Directorate, featured the theme, "keeping faith when others let you down."

The guest speaker for the event, Chaplain (Brig. Gen.) Kenneth "Ed" Brandt, National Guard Bureau Joint Chaplain and U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Chaplains for the National Guard, spoke on the story of Joseph from Genesis 37 of the New Living Translation.

"This story highlights how we deal with people who hurt us," said Brandt. "There is only one fire extinguisher that will quench the flames of hate, and that is forgiveness."

Forgiveness is about releasing the resentment and working towards building spiritual resiliency, said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Todd Wolf, Wounded Warrior Chaplain, JFHQ-NCR/MDW.

Maintaining spiritual fitness coincides with readiness, which is among the top training guidance throughout the military force and the MDW directorate.

The Spiritual Fitness Luncheon provides an opportunity for members of the different organizations and directorates of MDW to gather with a common denominator to learn.

"We come here to get stronger: mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually," said Col. Brandon Robbins, Chief of Staff, JFHQ-NCR/MDW.

Following the closing remarks, Robbins presented Brandt with a challenge coin on behalf of Maj. Gen. Omar J. Jones IV, commanding general, JFHQ-NCR/MDW.

Throughout the luncheon, music was provided by a Chamber Ensemble from The U.S. Army Band, "Perishing's Own."