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101st Airborne Division Chaplains provide quality of life support

 

Written by Pfc. Lynnwood Thomas
40th Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – An Army chaplain’s primary mission is to provide spiritual support and guarantee free religious expression in the military.

However, chaplains also offer a variety of quality of life counseling to Soldiers and their Families including relationship building, premarital and marriage counseling, ethics training, financial management and suicide prevention.

Sergeant Alonzo Johnson, religious affairs specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division sought out his chaplain’s counsel before he and his wife were married.

Chaplain Lt. Col. Sean Wead, acting division chaplain, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) counsels a Soldier Dec. 12, at the Installation Chaplain’s Office on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The chaplaincy offers many types of religious and non-religious support to soldiers and their families to help enrich their quality of life. (Pfc. Lynnwood Thomas, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Chaplain Lt. Col. Sean Wead, acting division chaplain, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) counsels a Soldier Dec. 12, at the Installation Chaplain’s Office on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The chaplaincy offers many types of religious and non-religious support to soldiers and their families to help enrich their quality of life. (Pfc. Lynnwood Thomas, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Chief of Army Chaplain Corps visits Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen
101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – “This year’s [training] focus is on chaplain and religious affairs specialist identity,” Hurley said. “Our training is based on helping chaplains and their assistants go a little deeper with their own sense of who they are.”

Chaplains and religious affairs specialist spent two days conducting various small group activities and listening to speakers help them understand more about who they were and how that impacted their ability to help Soldiers and families.

“One interesting activity involves a retired chaplain, who has a great ability to portray chaplains from previous eras in little vignettes of [events] they would have been involved with,” Hurley said. “His presentation is so powerful. He’s acting out a scenario of something either a chaplain or chaplain’s assistant would have gone through.”

Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Paul K. Hurley, Chief of Army Chaplain Corps, met with unit ministry teams from across the installation, Jan. 17-19, at Liberty Chapel at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The purpose of Hurley’s visit, was to conduct training. The training was part of a series of visits to installation UMTs across the country and help them understand their identity in order to provide stronger chaplain services. (Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, U.S. Army)

Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Paul K. Hurley, Chief of Army Chaplain Corps, met with unit ministry teams from across the installation, Jan. 17-19, at Liberty Chapel at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The purpose of Hurley’s visit, was to conduct training. (Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, U.S. Army)

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101st Airborne Division Lifeliner Pfc. Boaz Koski earns title ‘Division Chaplain Assistant of the Quarter’

 

Written by Sgt. Neysa Canfield
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Pfc. Boaz Koski, a chaplain assistant with 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners”, 101st Abn. Div., always knew he wanted to serve his country, just like his father and many other family members did before him.

“Joining the military is something I [always wanted to do] since middle school,” said Koski, a native of Kalama, Washington. “It wasn’t until my senior year in high school when I started doing research on the different branches that I realized the Army was for me.”

After graduating from Kalama High School in 2016, Koski enlisted in the Army as a chaplain assistant.

Pfc. Boaz Koski (left), a chaplain assistant with the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), 101st Abn. Div., receives a coin from Master Sgt. Fredrick Murphy (right), the chaplain assistant noncommissioned officer in charge for the 101st Abn. Div., May 31, 2017, after winning the 101st Abn. Div. Chaplain Assistant Soldier of the Quarter board. (Courtesy Photo)

Pfc. Boaz Koski (left), a chaplain assistant with the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), 101st Abn. Div., receives a coin from Master Sgt. Fredrick Murphy (right), the chaplain assistant noncommissioned officer in charge for the 101st Abn. Div., May 31, 2017, after winning the 101st Abn. Div. Chaplain Assistant Soldier of the Quarter board. (Courtesy Photo)

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Montgomery County Jail Chaplain Emmett Sexton Passes Away

 

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office - MCSOClarksville, TN – It is with heavy hearts that the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office mourns the passing of Jail Chaplain Emmett Sexton. Sexton, 68, passed away surrounded by family on Monday, June 12th, 2017.

Sexton started his career at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office as a chaplain’s assistant in 2002. In 2008 he was promoted to chaplain. Prior to serving at the Sheriff’s Office he served as a pastor for many years at Bible Baptist Church.

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Chaplain’s mission in Liberia very important to U.S. Soldiers

 

Written by Sgt. Ange Desinor
13th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandPaynesville, 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.”

Chaplain Maj. Alfred Grondski, right, a Trenton, N.J., native, of Headquarters and Headquarters Brigade, 36th Engineer Brigade, briefs Soldiers about redeployment stresses they might endure when they get home, during the Operation United Assistance mission, at the National Police Training Academy, Payenesville, Liberia. Dec. 31, 2014. (Sgt. Ange Desinor 13th Public Affairs Detachment)

Chaplain Maj. Alfred Grondski, right, a Trenton, N.J., native, of Headquarters and Headquarters Brigade, 36th Engineer Brigade, briefs Soldiers about redeployment stresses they might endure when they get home, during the Operation United Assistance mission, at the National Police Training Academy, Payenesville, Liberia. Dec. 31, 2014. (Sgt. Ange Desinor 13th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Clarksville Police Department announces Chaplain Martinez goes from Volunteer Chaplain to Part-Time Chaplain

 

Clarksville Police Department - CPDClarksville, 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»

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Fort Campbell Rakkasans enjoy Easter services

 

Written by U.S. Army Capt. Erik Alfsen
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 187th Infantry Regiment Chaplain

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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.

U.S. Army Capt. Erik Alfsen, chaplain, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), delivers the benediction to parishioners praying during Easter Sunday at Chapel Next at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, March, 31st, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

U.S. Army Capt. Erik Alfsen, chaplain, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), delivers the benediction to parishioners praying during Easter Sunday at Chapel Next at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, March, 31st, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

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101st Combat Aviation Brigade Chaplains strengthen roles, responsibilities at conference

 

Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of Destiny

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.

Soldiers conference huddle shoulder-to-shoulder in prayer at a breakfast concluding the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, religious support team conference at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Jan. 4th, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

Soldiers conference huddle shoulder-to-shoulder in prayer at a breakfast concluding the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, religious support team conference at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Jan. 4th, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

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Service to Country, Ministry guides Soldier with 101st Airborne Divison’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanKhowst 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.

Spc. Erika Espeseth, a Madison, WI, native, is a chaplain’s assistant with the 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and serves her country by providing ministry support as a member of a religious support team at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. Espeseth carries her patriotism pridefully while combining it with her passion for God. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 PAO)

Spc. Erika Espeseth, a Madison, WI, native, is a chaplain’s assistant with the 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and serves her country by providing ministry support as a member of a religious support team at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. Espeseth carries her patriotism pridefully while combining it with her passion for God. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 PAO)

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Resiliency Training essential for Successful Soldiers

 

Written by Jennifer Andersson
159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

159th Combat Aviation BrigadeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort 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»

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