Archive for June 2016

Services for Chaplain (MG) Gunhus

Services for Chaplain (MG) Gunhus

June 24, 2016 at 10am

First Free Methodist Church 
3200 3rd Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119

July 19, 2016 at 2pm

Church of the Lutheran Brethren 
1020 W Alcott Ave, Fergus Falls, MN 56537

To be announced.

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, VA 22211

In lieu of flowers:

Church of the Lutheran Brethren
P.O. BOX 655, Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Seattle Pacific University, University Advancement
3307 3rd Ave. West Suite 304, Seattle, WA 98119
http://spu.edu/givenow

Mayo Clinic, Dept. of Development
13400 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85259

Or the charity of your choice.

 

For Spouses of Deceased Members

For Spouses of Deceased Members:

The U. S. Army Chaplaincy Corps Regimental Association is made up of all members of the Chaplaincy Family and their Spouses.  We know that this is a very sad time for many Spouses and Families of our members’ who lost their loved ones since the last Reunion.   We are reminded at every Reunion Memorial Service as each name is read followed by the sound of the ringing bell and Taps that we have lost one more faithful member.  Together we gather to honor their memory and their service every two years.

There are several things we would like you to know:

  1. You have now taken the membership number of your Spouse and are the member of the Association.  You are still one of us.
  1. The USACCRA Board has voted to waive your registration fee for the Reunion.  We want you to attend especially for the Memorial Service.
  1. To register for the Reunion, please use the mail in registration form.  This allows us more control to ensure that your registration fee is waived.  Identify yourself on the form as the widow or widower of a USACCRA member. You can then complete your registration by identifying your meals, tours, etc.  Mail the registration form to the address on the form along with your check (for any meals, tours, etc.)  You will also need to follow the separate instructions for reserving a room at the hotel.
  1. If you have any problems whatsoever, i.e. transportation from the airport, please contact Kim Casey, the Reunion Chairperson.  Her number is 713-882-2714. 

Finally, to all USACCRA members:

If you know of any Chaplain, Chaplain Assistant, Chaplaincy Civilians, or Spouse that may have passed away since the last Reunion, please let us know.  We do our best to collect those names but must depend on all our members to help us.

The USACCRA Board

 

AZ Chapter Lunch in Tucson

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!”

East Alabama Chapter of USACCRA

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.

 

In Memory Chaplain (MG) G.T. Gunhus (US Army Retired)

In Memory

Chaplain (MG) G.T. Gunhus (US Army Retired)

 

Many of us have our own memories of G.T. and I hope that we will all value and share those memories with each other and with the chaplains coming into the Corps. G.T. served in many very significant and important positions in the Army, including being our Chief. He always was a leader and his voice was a valued one in the meeting of the senior chaplains. He knew the importance of these fora in the leadership of the Corps. He kept these meeting going when he became Chief and used the senior leaders of the Corps to form a vision of the Chaplain Family.

            The Chaplains Corps has come through some important milestones during his career. The Chaplains Corps helped the Army recover from the war in Vietnam to become the finest Armed Force in the world. We have been there to help the Army in our engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq and we were with them in combat and in returning from deployments. We have seen our existence challenged and have worked through some internal crises like prayer and homosexuality. G.T. had a leadership role in all of these and more. In it all, he had concern for the chaplain family and doing things to strengthen our bonds together.

            The one thing that I remember most about G.T. was his desire to help young chaplains by setting up mentoring programs for them. This was the biggest sense of calling as he approached retirement. I remember his getting a contract to set up a mentoring program for the Chaplain Candidates. He and Hugh Dukes worked hard to make this program work. G.T. gave the clarion call to the retired community to use their experience to make the Candidate ready and more competent upon entry into the Service. Hugh managed the program and G.T. was indebted to Hugh for his work and dedication to helping G.T. realize his dream. I remember being able to mentor Candidates from my denomination and others is the Michigan area. I still keep in communication with several of these. G.T. was thankful to all who became mentors.

            Then we all were impressed and thankful for the first Chaplain Reunion and the work John Scott and his team did in organizing that event. G.T. wanted to keep that reunion and to expand it to include the entire Army Chaplain Family to keep it healthy, courageous and spiritually fit. This year, we will celebrate our 8th Biannual Chaplain Family Reunion in San Antonio, TX. The planning effort for this reunion is being led by a retired DRE, Kim Casey. G.T. was very happy about that. He was always filled with ideas for the reunion and worked hard to make them successful.

            The mechanism that was put in place to coordinate all of these efforts was the United States Army Chaplain Corps Regimental Association. G.T. led a group of Chaplains to bring about the birth of this organization. He expanded the vision of the USACCRA to include all active and retired Chaplains, Chaplain Assistants, the Reserve components, the Directors of Religious Education, the widows and widowers and the civilians who worked to support the chaplains. Each year USACCRA has become better organized and better in communicating with the chaplains’ family. G.T. was always generous with his advice to the President and the Board. We all were aware of his dedication because he showed up at our meetings even when it was an effort to do so. He was living out his calling to continue to serve God and the chaplaincy.

He never stopped his concern for mentoring and the C2C program was his latest planning in this long list of efforts. The OP TEMPO of the Army in the past few years makes mentoring difficult, but G.T. did not give up and continued to coordinate with the Chief of Chaplains to keep mentoring alive in the Branch.

I think that the greatest gift we could give to G.T. is to continue all our efforts to make the chaplain family strong and to help young chaplains succeed in the Corps so that we can best serve the Army God has called us to serve in ministry. We all say, “Thank You, G.T. for the love you showed our Chaplain Family.”

4-11-2015 10-58-18 AM

 

 

Herman Keizer Jr.
Chaplain (COL) ret.
Former President and member of the USACCRA Board.

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.