The Mission of Air Guard Chaplains

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

Deployment comes with all sorts of challenges. One that may not get the most attention is the spiritual challenges that airmen face.

To help in that mission, the Air Guard has a chaplains department. Newscenter 11 was able to catch up with several air guardsmen who serve in the 186th chaplains office at Key Field.

"Most of the men in my family have been in the military," Lt. Col. David Allen says. "And I grew up with great admiration for the military and so I say it as an opportunity to serve my country and my God."

"I served 16 years in the security forces," Master Sgt. James Connor says. "And I got to a point in my life going to church and having my business, I decided I wanted to do something different just to do more service in the military not that I wasn't serving in security but my involvement in church, that drew me to the chaplain's office."

"When I joined the chaplains staff, I realized it's a purpose and a calling that I feel close to my heart," Sgt. Johannes Cillers says. "And when I went on deployment, it really struck home. All the extra benefits were second."

Allen served with Air Force mortuary affairs, located at Dover Air Force Base. It's a place where family comes to receive loved ones lost in battle.

"I consider it an honor to be able to care for those who come back who will never see their sons born or their parents again of their wives," he says.

Allen says he has no question about the valor of this generation's military, men and women he has seen and dealt with up close for so many years.

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