Written by Sgt. Ange Desinor
Paynesville, Liberia – Singing, clapping, praying and the reading of words in a Bible are all commonplace in a church service. That scene hasn’t changed, even in Liberia.
Major Alfred Grondski, chaplain for the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 36th Engineer Brigade, provides religious support to all service members at the National Police Training Academy, in support of Operation United Assistance.
“I minister closely with people I work with,” said Grondski, a Trenton, New Jersey, native. “That usually doesn’t happen back in the states like it is here, because in garrison a lot of the Soldiers go to their home church; there isn’t a home church here. This gives us an opportunity to come together as a Family and worship.”
Clarksville Police Department announces Chaplain Martinez goes from Volunteer Chaplain to Part-Time Chaplain
Clarksville, TN – As of October 1st, 2013, the Clarksville Police Department (CPD) is pleased to announce Chaplain Modesto Martinez as the part-time Chaplain.
As the Chaplain at the CPD, he will assist in issues, such as; spiritual needs of officers and their families, counseling officers and their families, assist in community outreach programs, deliver specific notifications, and deal with transients and the homeless. These are just a few of the tasks for which Chaplain Martinez is responsible. «Read the rest of this article»
Written by U.S. Army Capt. Erik Alfsen
Khowst Province, Afghanistan – As the sun rose on a beautiful day in eastern Afghanistan, hundreds of Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), came together to celebrate Easter, March 31st.
Eight different Religious Support Teams at locations across Khowst and Paktya provinces led more than 15 services for more than 400 Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and civilians throughout the weekend.
Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan – The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Destiny, unit ministry teams came together for their bimonthly religious support team conference at the TF Destiny headquarters at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, January 3rd.
The unit ministry teams reconfirmed their roles and responsibilities according to the Army regulations that govern chaplains and shared some of their experiences of ministering to the soldiers in their units.
Written by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Some people search their entire life for signs telling them what to do. For Erika Espeseth, it was a billboard for military chaplaincy that pointed her in the direction she had been searching for.
She finally knew what she wanted in life: a life of ministry and service.
In January 2010, she would agree to enlist as a chaplain’s assistant half-way through her senior year of high school, something she never thought possible.
Written by Jennifer Andersson
Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers are not just in the Army – they are the Army, and when they overcome personal hurdles, the Army is that much stronger from it.
Resiliency training is just one part of the Army’s holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to suicide prevention. Discussing theories and practical techniques to integrate into every day activities provides soldiers and their families essential tools for success.
“Soldier resiliency is a soldier’s ability to bounce back from adverse situations much wiser, stronger, and better equipped,” said Capt. Vincent L. Hardy, the chaplain for 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment. “Each experience shows a person a new facet about themselves and it brings out new coping mechanisms. The bottom line is that the information, if utilized, can help a person or family unit bounce back from adversity wiser and stronger.” «Read the rest of this article»
Written by Sgt. Kimberly Menzies
Fort Campbell, KY – Those who have been and are part of the U.S. Army will be the first to tell you that the great history of the organization and the units within, is a strong part of the esprit de corps for all soldiers.
Those who serve are proud of the footprint they leave as part of the newer history but there are only a small few who can sit generations from now, open a history book and point themselves out by name.
Fort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) chaplain office will conduct a Change of Stole Ceremony at Liberty Chapel on June 26th as Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jeffrey Hawkins replaces Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Paul Hurley as the division chaplain.
Hurley has been division chaplain of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) since August 2009. Hawkins’ most recent assignment was as the garrison chaplain for U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, Seoul, South Korea. «Read the rest of this article»
Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
Fort Irwin, CA – Chaplains are often the spiritual centers for their units, but each individual chaplain brings a unique and personal twist on their duties.
Capt. Anselmo Brillon,Task Force Sabre chaplain, brings a calm passion as he ministers to the soldiers of his squadron.
Brillon, a native of San Diego, CA, began his Army career in 1998 as a personnel specialist and stayed in that field for six-and-a-half years. Despite his dedication to the job, Brillon felt that he was meant for something else.
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr.
Paktika Province, Afghanistan — His daily ritual consists of stopping by and checking in: “Hello, How is everybody?” “Hope all is well!” “God Bless you,” he says, his words reflecting kindness, appreciation and his southern accent.
His energy and ear-to-ear smile can lighten up even the darkest situations. He is sincere and caring; loving to all and judgmental to none.
U.S. Army Chaplain (Maj.) Randal H. Robison has committed his life to answering his calling and is happy being a source of optimism and positivity for Soldiers during deployment.
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