Air Force

June 14, 2013

Chaplain recruits experience military culture

Tags:
Senior Airman A.K.
432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

From left, Fathers Brian Wood, John Kinney, and Joseph Idomele celebrate Mass as part of the U.S. Air Force’s “Come Be With Us” chaplain recruiting tour June 11. The tour brings active-duty chaplains and civilian priests to Nellis and Creech Air Force Basesto help recruit new chaplains.

LAS VEGAS — A group of Roman Catholic priests gathered at the Creech Airman Ministry Center to celebrate Mass for Air Force members during the “Come Be With Us” tour June 11.

The tour presents an opportunity to recruit civilian Roman Catholic priests and chaplain candidates in order to fill staff shortages in this career field.

The entire Chaplain Corps is comprised of 475 members; only 64 of which are Roman Catholic Priests. The current need for priests in the Air Force is about 120.

“When I joined the Air Force in 1989, there were 205 active-duty priests,” said Father John Kinney, U.S. Air Force Chaplain Corps accessions director. “Part of the problem we are experiencing isn’t only in the military; the decline is at a national level. All of the faith groups are an aging clergy.”

With manning at only 50 percent, it is important for chaplain recruiters to expose civilian priests to military culture, which is why they tour Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases.

“The two bases are close together but have very different environments,” said Chaplain (Capt.) Laserian Nwoga, U.S. Air Force Catholic recruiter. “The bases give civilians with little or no military exposure a small taste of typical (continental United States) bases and deployed location environments.”

There are six faith groups in the military, which include Jewish, Muslim, Roman Catholic, Latter Day Saints, Protestant and Eastern Christian Orthodox. Each chaplain can support any member directly or indirectly through faith.

“The difference between the two is that any chaplain can accommodate members outside of their denomination because of freedom of religion,” Kinney said. “However, chaplains can only perform religious services under their endorsed religion or faith.”

Kinney said making the commitment to serve is not any easy task, but becoming a chaplain is something to be very proud of. In addition to interfaith ministry, chaplains are also trusted agents who help advise military leadership and provide other services like confidential communication for service members.

“Taking on the role of a chaplain is more than just another job, it is a higher calling,” he said. “It is for God and country and putting your life on the line for that mission.”

For more information about becoming a chaplain, call 1-800-803-2452 or visit the Air Force chaplain corps website at http://www.airforce.com/chaplain/.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Kleinholz

Defense Secretary Ash Carter visits Nellis

  NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Defense Secretary (Dr.) Ash Carter visited the base Aug. 26 to observe Red Flag 15-4 operations and speak to Airmen and coalition partners about the future of the force and innovation. Whi...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

Bogdan shines light on F-35 program

  NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The American Flag hangs from the drapes over two F-35 Lightning II’s as fluorescent light fills the hangar. Two grandstands sit coinciding to each other full of eager Airmen and civilian...
 
 

Money, manpower and minutes

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash.—I’m about to make a big statement, so pay attention. I believe anything physically possible can be accomplished with the right amount of money, manpower and minutes. That’s right. Anything. Just look at some of the amazing architecture and technology devised by the Romans, Egyptians and others throughout history. Look at...
 

 

Remember past to help inform present

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Like myself, I am sure most of you have heard the saying, “Don’t forget where you came from.” Several years ago, as I was looking through some boxes of my military memorabilia, I ran across a thank you note from Gen. Stephen Lorenz, who at the time was a...
 
 
Courtesy photo

NCO finds calling through various careers

  CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Is this the job for me? Did I pick the right career field? One might find themselves asking these questions throughout their Air Force career. If these questions arise, don’t fret, there...
 
 

Musician visits Creech Airmen

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Adarius Petty Matt Goss, singer and songwriter, poses with Airmen from the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., as part of a USO event on Aug. 24. Matt was invited to meet the Airmen who perform remotely piloted aircraft operations, see both the...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>