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In Vietnam I was assigned to the 10th Cavalry in the 4'5 Infantry Division. As rotations happened, l became the senior enlisted soldier in the Infantry Squad and soon after was promoted to Sergeant and made the squad leader. Our AO was in the highlands to the west of Pleiku, and I remained the Infantry squad leader and in the field my entire tour in Vietnam.
One issue that haunted me was that we did not have a Chaplain. If memory serves me correctly, I saw a Chaplain at our location — in the field! - a total of two times the entire year. I made a spiritual promise then that if ever I was in a position as a Chaplain in the military I would be a field Chaplain. Where my soldiers were, there I would be.
After I ETSd from the army, I began working toward being a Chaplain. I received my military commission by the Army ROTC and was given a three year educational delay from Active Duty to attend Seminary. Following three years of study, I received a Master of Divinity Degree with a major in Pastoral Care & Counseling. With that Masters degree I fulfilled the educational requirement of being an Active Duty Chaplain and re-entered the Army. Several years later while on active duty, I attended Westminster Seminary earning a Doctor of Ministry degree.
My first five assignment as a Chaplain in the Army were with combat arms divisions; and every time an element of my battalion went to the field, I WENT TO THE FIELD. I knew where they were, what their mission was and encouraged them to attain the higher goal.
In my terminal assignment I deployed with the l3th Corps Support Command to Iraq. There I supervised subordinate Chaplains in the ministry to soldiers. As a staff officer, I petitioned sufficient money to build a chapel. For my entire deployment, I traveled Iraq visiting chaplains and soldiers in a hostile environment.
Now as the Texas VFW State Chaplain, I visit Post and District meetings during the year, concerned with their personal welfare and having the material they need in ministry.
As a professional, well educated and trained chaplain, I have been in Pastoral Ministry for 40+ years. I have been in combat situations and even now I continue to work to fulfill my mission of being the Chaplain who visits his soldiers.
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