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State Chaplain

CH (COL) Brett Charsky
Cell: (315)-481-0419

Camp Johnson

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.

NEWS | Oct. 26, 2021

Nehemiah 4:6 (ESV) So we built the wall.

Chaplain’s Reflection:

Nehemiah 4:6 (ESV) So we built the wall. And all the wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.

I learned an interesting African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone! If you want to go far, go with others!”

The 86th IBCT completed half of their deployment and the families are balancing school, extracurricular activities, taking care of the home and all the responsibilities connected with raising children.

Meanwhile, the Soldiers are working hard completing their tasks and the mission before them. We are thankful for their training and their success thus far.

Now as the families and Soldiers begin the second half of their deployment, the goal is to keep your eyes fixed on the prize: finishing strong and being reunited with your loved one.

Nehemiah encouraged the people to work together and together they accomplished a great feat! They worked together and rebuilt have of the wall that once surrounded Jerusalem. And it takes many people working together to raise a family, stay connected to a deployed loved one and to remain emotionally, socially, physically, psychologically, and spiritually healthy. I look forward to our Yellow Ribbon mid-way events planned for October 24 and 30.

I am available to talk by phone (mobile: 315-481-0419) or by a video platform of a person’s choice.

May the LORD bless you and make His face to shine upon you during the second half of the deployment.

CH Brett Charsky