(KLFY) The soldiers are deployed with everything they need to physically survive. Food, water, shelter and what they need to accomplish their missions.
Army chaplains also look after their spiritual needs.
Most of the chaplains, the youngest you will find is in his twenties, but I had a bit more mileage on my tires at that time.
Major Adam Harwood joined the National Guard at the age of 42.
Degrees and pastoral experience are required for chaplains, but he still joined later than most.
Chaplains advise brigade commanders on religious matters in the area and help soldiers with everything from confidential advice to ministry.
âI am their religious representative and I support their religious needs in any way I can. “
Chaplain Harwood is a seminary professor in New Orleans and a Baptist, but the soldiers in the brigade come from all walks of life.
âI play or provide this religious support. So, last week, I supported a Jewish prayer service, a Muslim prayer service, a Catholic mass, and a Mormon service, in addition to the Protestant service that I led.
And how does he cross the chasm that separates many of these different beliefs?
âWhen you get to know people and get to know their religious perspective, if you focus on the issues you have in common, you find that you can build bridges and forge lasting relationships. “
Speaking of relationships, the chaplain and his wife celebrated 25 years of marriage while on deployment.
They have two daughters and two sons. He is grateful for the technology and the wifi so they can keep in touch.