Our core capabilities:
• Provide Religious Support
• Advise the command on the internal religious support needs and issues and the external effects of religion/culture on the mission.
The chaplain’s role can be summarized in this tripartite phrase: "Nurture the living, care for the wounded, and honor the dead." We accomplish this through site visitations (battlefield circulation), pastoral counseling, and individual and group worship experiences, performing religious rites, sacraments, ordinances and pastoral counseling for wounded soldiers, and conducting memorial services and providing grief and combat stress counseling for soldiers. As one of the commander’s personal staff officers, we advise the commander on matters pertaining to religion, morals, and morale as affected by religion.
Our core competencies:
• We provide for religious needs through a ministry of presence to soldiers within the command – battlefield circulation
• We provide counseling support to soldiers and families within the command. This is provided irrespective of religious beliefs or practices. It is available to anyone – soldiers, family members and DOD civilians in the area of operation.
• All have 100% confidentiality when speaking privately with a military Chaplain.
• We can also advise the Family Support Group in the unit and provide a channel of communication between the FSG and the command. At echelons above Battalion we provide resources, guidance and training to subordinate chaplains and Religious Affairs Specialists in order to enhance the mission capability of Unit Ministry Teams. We work as a team – one Chaplain and one RA Specialist.
• We manage the Unit Ministry Team assets within the command and coordinate the religious support resources and needs of all units within the command and exercises technical supervision over subordinate chaplains and Religious Affairs Specialists.
Bottom Line – if you need spiritual support or just need someone to talk or work through whatever is a challenge in your life call us. We are there to support you and your family.
I enjoy reading short funny stories like this and laughing (LOL) because the life lessons one can learn. There is more than one life lesson from this short story, but I am going to focus on communication. We all know what ASSUME means, and yet we all struggle to seek first to understand rather than to simply form opinions and turn them into facts!
The Train Ride
By: Jake Schembri
As a train is speeding along through the city, four people sit in one of its compartments: A beautiful, vivacious young woman, an old, matronly woman, a poor man and a rich man. Suddenly, the train goes through a tunnel. It is completely dark. Then a loud kiss and an equally powerful slap are heard. When the train exits the tunnel, the rich man is holding the side of his face in agony, while the poor man is grinning uncontrollably.
The old matronly woman thinks: “Now that’s a fine young woman, the poor man tries to steal a kiss in the tunnel and the lady slaps him one – and rightly so!” The young woman thinks: “Now that’s a strange rich man - he’d rather kiss that old hag than me.” The rich man thinks: “Now that’s a smart poor man, he steals a kiss and I’m the one who gets slapped.” The poor man is thinking: “Good, soon we’ll be entering another tunnel, I’ll kiss the back of my hand again and slap that millionaire silly!”
James 1:19 New International Version (NIV), 19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. It takes time and energy to first seek to understand but that is what communication involves. Seeking to understand rather than forming opinions that ends up as facts! The hard work of listening prevents a lot of assumptions and misunderstandings.