The Main Post Chapel hosted the 239th Chaplain Corps Anniversary Aug. 1 with a ceremony in the sanctuary, a tour through the building and lunch in the activity room. Around 70 Soldiers, Civilians and Family members attended the fellowship event to learn more about the history and roles of Army chaplains and chaplain assistants.
Chaplain (Capt.) Bruce Duty, chaplain resource manager, spoke of the unit’s various responsibilities stating that these Soldiers’ schedules can range from time spent educating children on post to caring for grieving Families during the death of a loved one.
“You never know, in ministry as a chaplain, it’s always about life, it’s always about death as well,” he said. “As a chaplain, you have a privileged opportunity to serve in love in both instances.”
After participating in the singing of the Army Chaplain Song and a closing prayer, attendees toured the building for a walk-through display of photos, posters and short videos in several rooms depicting the lives of these Soldiers deployed and at home.
The event concluded with a lunch provided by Texas Roadhouse and cake cutting.
“The 239th Chaplain Corps Anniversary is an awesome time to recognize the care givers who get overlooked,” said Sgt. 1st Class Sharlene Lynch, installation senior chaplain assistant. She added that this is an opportunity for the corps to support peers while informing them of its history.
According to Duty, observing a Chaplain Corps Anniversary with the Fort Huachuca Community is new this year.
“It was a terrific turn-out. Opening up the chapel this year to celebrate was the right idea,” he said.
This year there are 12 chaplains and 11 chaplain assistants serving on the installation.