Archive for March 2016

Bernie Lieving

Bernie Lieving writes:

Chaplain Bernie Lieving and Cindy Totten are happy to announce that a Service of Christian Marriage celebrating their love was held on December 5, 2015 at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, FL.  Bernie serves in a part-time position as congregational care pastor at Palma Ceia United Methodist Church.  Cindy is a retired employee of the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities.  She currently volunteers at Hyde Park UMC, serves as a home visitor in the Parent/Child Home Program at Metropolitan Ministries, and on the University of South Florida’s Social and Behavioral Institutional Review Board.  They have known each other since 2001 when Cindy and her husband, Tim, joined Hyde Park UMC where Bernie was on staff.  Cindy’s Tim and Bernie’s Dorothy died within 15 days of each other in February, 2014.


2204 S. Church Ave.

Tampa, FL 33629



(813) 390-8692

David Hockensmith

David Hockensmith writes:

I am fully retired and lovin’ it!


David Hockensmith

1637 S. Charing Road

Springfield MO 65809


Phone: (417) 766-6114

John McRae

John McRae writes:  I am active in ministry

Address:  3163 N. 22d St.

Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815

Email and Phone:, (208) 930-4633

Ken Hansen

Ken Hansen writes:

I am a christian layman in Louisiana still working with the military chaplains helping them with resources . I have researched and compiled a detailed listing of free and donated resources from the internet for military chaplains to use and share these with all branches of military main chaplaincy offices as well as the reserves . I have updated and added new resources to this listing as off January 2016 here is the listing im sending out to major military chaplaincy office you might want to add this listing to your website or share this with military chaplains


2312 Northside Drive, Louisiana  71111

Email and phone:

(318) 746-3292

DC Chapter

USACCRA-DC Area, 23 Feb 2016

Dear Friends in Chaplaincy – What a marvelous gathering for lunch on Tuesday, 23 Feb at the Fort Myer Officers’ Club.  We were welcomed by Senior Garrison Chaplain (LTC) Mark Jones who greeted all attending and offered our invocation prayer.  Also, his spouse Chaplain (LTC) Carron Jones who served in the office of the Army Deputy Chief of Chaplains joined us.

You’ll see many familiar faces in the circle, including a number of “first time” attendees.  Also, we had a number of regulars apart from us whom we remembered in prayer: Donna Weddle (in her winter home in Arizona), Jeff and Monika Young (supporting Jeff’s sister and family during surgery), David and Janice Hicks (while Dave recovers from a recent stroke), Wayne Lehrer (doing final preparation for the 25th anniversary gathering after Desert Storm of the VII Corps in Washington DC), Doug Lee (traveling)  and Benchuck and Carolyn Manning.

Plans are for a Spring luncheon gathering at Fort Belvoir on Tuesday, May 17th.  We usually gather between 1145 and noon and kick off promptly with an invocation and blessing for our meal.  Please note the location – Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club.

East Alabama Chapter

March 10, 2016

The East Alabama Chapter of USACCRA met on March 10 in Oxford, Alabama. Chaplain (CPT) Arthur Harrison, SFC Joshua Jones, and PFC Jasmine Carter who form the ministry team in a Chemical Battalion headquartered at Fort McClellan, provided a brief overview of the ministries in which they are involved throughout the companies scattered around the State. The group thoroughly enjoyed this update on the changes that have occurred since they retired, but noted at rock bottom, much of the style of ministry remains constant.

In the picture, Front Row: Hugh Kelso, Mickey Morton, and George Gray. Middle Row: Jim Holiday, Dorothy Kelso, Sandra Morton, PFC Jasmine Carter, Diane Douthit, and Jim Wilson. Back Row: Arthur Harrison, SPC Joshua Jones, Tom Smith, Carolyn Smith, Troy Douthit, and Lama Denkins.

The Chapter will meet next time on June 28. Chaplain Jim Wilson is charge of a brief program for that gathering.

Arizona Chapter

3-20-2016 4-10-51 PM

“New and old members of the AZ Chapter of USACCRA had a good luncheon on Feb. 17, 2016, at the Thunder Canyon Brewery in Tucson.  We were happy to have the Days, Kohlenbranders, Weddles, Roy Ludlow, Steve Utter, and retired Chaplain Assistant Terry Cotton, who was able to attend for the first time.  Most were from the Tucson and Sierra Vista area, with others in the Phoenix and Sierra Vista area unable to attend because they had many guests who were escaping some colder area, or were recovering from illnesses. We mourned the loss of Chaplains Emil Dinkel and Marty Ford in our group.  We’re planning to have our next meeting in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Look forward to seeing many then!”

Connection with the American Public


Meet Your Army, with Chaplain (Major General) Paul K. Hurley, U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains

As part of the Army’s continuing initiative to build and sustain a connection with the American public, Chaplain (Major General) Paul Hurley visits for a free program to discuss the #MeetYourArmy initiative and the evolving role of chaplains in today’s Army. Presented in partnership with the U.S. Army Office of Public Affairs, Midwest.

Throughout the last 14 years, the American public saw a steady stream of information about the Army through television and newspapers. But as involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan has died down, Americans are seeing fewer soldiers in the press. And even fewer Americans know a soldier personally.

Through the newly-created #MeetYourArmy campaign, the Army hopes to put soldiering back in the spotlight. The program will bring the Army and soldiers to communities throughout the United States, where both civilians and local press can interact with them and learn more about who defends their nation.

CHAPLAIN (MAJOR GENERAL) PAUL K. HURLEY, U.S. ARMY, was appointed the 24th Chief of Chaplains for the United States Army in May 2015, tasked with leading the Army Chaplain Corps in providing religious support to soldiers and families. A graduate of the United States Military Academy, Chaplain Hurley was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1984, serving assignments as a Field Artillery Officer in Germany and at Fort Bragg, NC before resigning his commission to pursue priesthood in 1990.

Ordained a Catholic Priest in 1995, Chaplain Hurley spent five years as a parish priest in the Boston Archdiocese before rejoining the Active Duty Army Chaplain Corps in October 2000. As a chaplain, his assignments have included posts at Fort Bragg, South Korea, West Point, and Fort Campbell, KY, and have included yearlong deployments to Iraq (with the XVIII Airborne Corps Chaplain’s Office in 2005) and Afghanistan (as Combined Joint Task Force 101 Command Chaplain in 2009).

After completing studies at the Army War College in 2013, Chaplain Hurley was named Command Chaplain for United States Forces-Afghanistan, and in 2014, was assigned Command Chaplain for the XVIIIth Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, with additional responsibility as Command Chaplain for the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command HQ in Afghanistan.

8th Biennial Reunion, 26-29 October in San Antonio

Here is more information on the upcoming 8th Biennial Reunion, 26-29 October in San Antonio.

You may or may not realize that San Antonio has five beloved Spanish Missions which date back to the 1700’s.  Last summer they finally received the world-wide recognition that they deserve.  The missions of San Antonio were in scripted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Our international visitors have increased exponentially.  I am attaching a link to the missions.


We will be staying in the historic Menger Hotel which is literally next door to The Alamo.  If you would like to have more information on The Menger, here is a link:


Next month we will publishing both a link for you to register at the hotel and a link for you to register for the Reunion.

I’m getting excited, are you?