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.

Proverbs 31:28-29 (ESV), her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”

THE NEED NEVER GOES AWAY

by Saman Rahman

“Mommy, you are a fairy,” I said. My mother laughed like tinkling bells. “I am serious, Mother. You know everything.” “My child, I try to answer as best as I can. When you grow older, you will not need me,” she said. “No, Mom, I will always need you. Nothing can change that,” I said. Her words echo in my heart as I look at the blue sky: “Dear daughter, nothing remains the same except the vast blue sky.” It has been ten years since I lost my fairy. Mom, you were wrong about one thing: I still need you. (https://www.rd.com/true-stories/inspiring/mothers-day-short-stories)

When we are young, we need our moms and dads. As we grow up, the “need” changes to “I want” to talk or spend time with my mom or dad. This is a natural progression of the child-adult relationship. While I no longer need to call my mom, I look forward to calling and talking with her.


As we nurture our children and equip him or her to move out of the house and live on their own, remaining connected throughout each phase is critical to their development and well-being regardless of one’s age. I encourage you to remain connected to your children regardless of their age or past circumstances so that your children develop an attitude of “I want to…” with you.

 

May the LORD bless you,

 

CH (LTC) Brett Charsky

C: 315-481-0419

brett.e.charsky.mil@mail.mil