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Weekly Newsgram - August 15th 2018

110th Attack Wing Chaplain Corps supports 
Northern Strike 18
Story by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Clark
Resilience is a skill that is necessary as a military service member, no matter what branch of service, rank, or job title. The better the member is with maintaining their resilience, the healthier they will be mentally, physically, and emotionally when it comes to coping with the everyday stressors of a job in the U.S. armed forces. The chaplain corps from the 110th Attack Wing, Battle Creek Air National Guard Base, Mich., assist every year with the largest National Guard training exercise, Northern Strike, to provide council and teach participants how to sharpen their resiliency skills as well as lend an ear to those struggling.

"My job is to make sure that the service members here have the things that they need to remain on top of their game," said Maj. Courtland Pitt, chaplain for the 110 ATKW. "We operate by trying to engage with the service members as much as possible so that we are available and are out meeting the people and learning their needs."
According to the Air Force, being holistically healthy is the key to being fit to fight.

"When people are operating to the full capacity within the other health pillars of the Air Force, emotionally, physically, and spiritually, then you're probably going to do your job better and be a better wingman," said Tech. Sgt. John J. Slocum, Religious Affairs Specialist (RAS) from the 110 ATKW.

The 110 ATKW chaplain corps covers Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in their service area, which helps them make connections during exercises like Northern Strike 18.

Although they are working hard to get service people the care that they need, the RST also has fun doing their jobs.

"The most rewarding part of my job is meeting the people, learning about what they do, where they come from, their units, their skill and their gifts," said Pitt. "I enjoy making sure they understand how valuable they are and just care for them."

For more on Northern Strike see 

In Memoriam

Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army, Retired
born November 23, 1932
deceased August 6, 2018
Southern Baptist/Nazarene
Denver, Colorado

Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army, Retired
born June 12, 1922
deceased July 31, 2018
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Sparta, New Jersey


Executive Director  Notes

   Two items of note for this week's column: The Military Chaplain Journal is about to be published, and the service chiefs have provided the names of each service's Distinguished Service Award recipient.
   We are in the final preparation stages for our next copy of the Military Chaplain, which is now the only military and federal chaplaincy journal that is published as each of the services no longer publish their own journals. I recall reading them in seminary at Seabury-Western Theological Seminar in Evanston, and was stunned to find out all the services had ceased publication of their journals. This leaves MCA as the only organization that has a published journal. One of the reasons for the delay was in getting articles published that tied into the theme of the journal. Now that we are announcing the theme of each edition, this should mitigate that problem over time.
   Secondly, we now have received the names of nominees for the distinguished chaplains for each of the services. Final selections will be approved and notifications will take place this week. As soon as all of the notifications are completed, the recipients' names will be published in an upcoming Newsgram. Each Distinguished Service award will be presented at our National Institute Dinner on Tuesday, 6 November at the Sheraton Pentagon City, Arlington, VA, located immediately adjacent to the Air Force Memorial. It will be a distinct honor to have these outanding chaplains in our midst and be able to spend time with them. We are very close to finalizing our speakers and registration, and will let you know as soon as that happens.
Continue to enjoy these final days of meteorological summer (June, July and August) as many of us start the race back to school for our kids, and in some instances, for ourselves!
   Always feel free to send any suggestions for Newsgram or Journal articles to us at As a professional body we cannot continue to do the work we do without your input and assistance. Thank you for all that you do in further advancing the role of professional chaplaincy.

Fr. Razz Waff, DMin, BCC

Significant Days in Military History

These days, women in the U.S. Marines have reached all kinds of milestones. Last week, for example, the New York Times reported on how Lieutenant Marina A. Hierl, 24 - one of only two women to have passed the 13-week Marines Corps' Infantry Officer Course at Quantico, Va. - is adapting to her new job as the first woman in the Marines to lead an infantry platoon.

This milestone comes about a century after another important one: the day Opha May Jacob Johnson, then 40, became the first woman ever sworn into the Marines Corps.

In 1918, the Secretary of Navy allowed women to enroll for clerical duty in the Marine Corps. Officially, Opha May Johnson is credited as the first woman Marine. During 1918 some 300 women first entered the Marine Corps to take over stateside clerical duties from battle-ready Marines who were needed overseas. The Marine Corps Women's Reserve was established in February 1943. June 12th, 1948, Congress passed the Women's Armed Services Integration Act and made women a permanent part of the regular Marine Corps.

In 1950, the Women Reserves were mobilized for the Korean War and 2,787 women served proudly.

Victory in Japan Day
August 14-15 1945

Following the bombing of the city of Nagasaki with an atomic bomb in August 1945, the Japanese government on August 15th issued a statement accepting the terms of the Potsdam Declaration which called upon the empire to surrender. In a radio address in the early afternoon of August 15 (August 14 in the United States), Emperor Hirohito urged his people to accept the surrender, blaming the use of the "new and most cruel bomb" on Hiroshima and Nagasaki for the country's defeat. "Should we continue to fight," Hirohito declared, "it would not only result in the ultimate collapse and obliteration of the Japanese nation but would also lead to the total extinction of human civilization."
In Washington on August 14, President Harry S. Truman announced news of Japan's surrender in a press conference at the White House: "This is the day we have been waiting for since Pearl Harbor. This is the day when Fascism finally dies, as we always knew it would."

The Military Chaplains Magazine
2018 Themes and Submission Deadlines
Fall Issue - Religious Accommodation in 2018
Articles to be submitted by August 31
Publication September 24
Winter Issue - Chaplaincy and Religion in a Post-Truth World
Articles to be submitted by November 30
Publication December 21

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