Written by Pfc. Lynnwood Thomas
Fort 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.
Written by Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen
Fort 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.”
101st Airborne Division Lifeliner Pfc. Boaz Koski earns title ‘Division Chaplain Assistant of the Quarter’
Written by Sgt. Neysa Canfield
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.
Clarksville, 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.
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»
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