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.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (ESV) “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

I had the opportunity to attend the Strong Bonds Instructor Training course in Nashville, TN from Feb 4-8. While I am certified in a number of Strong Bonds materials, “Created for Connection” in my opinion is the best one because the research stresses the importance of connection. The research reveals that the first and foremost instinct of humans is neither sex nor aggression. It is to seek contact and comforting connection.

The drive to bond is innate, not learned. When a mother and father hold their newborn daughter or son for the first time, there is an instant bond and connection that lasts a lifetime. When a person holds a newborn close, the baby experiences peace, security, love, and connection. As the child grows, the parents continue to connect with the child in different ways, and the child continues to experience the same peace, security, and love as when she or he was an infant.

As adults, we still experience peace, security, and love through connection and when that connection is broken through arguments, abuse, trauma, and separation and etc., then the relationship between two people begins to weaken. If the connection is not repaired, then the couple continues to drift away from each other, till the connection is completely lost.

Once this happens, people go their own ways.

Therefore, let us continue to seek ways to connect with our spouses, significant others and children. Let us use texts, emails, cards, phone calls, kindness, patience, humility, and lots of others ways to connect with each other and remain connected despite the problems. If you are struggling to connect because of issues, please seek help. Remember the words of Mother Teresa, “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.”

 

CH (LTC) Brett Charsky

C: 315-481-0419

brett.e.charsky.mil@mail.mil