Thank you, Eric Wester, for providing the photo and the following write-up:
On Tuesday, 16 May, we gathered as currently serving and retired chaplains, chaplain assistants, and DREs. We met at the Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club overlooking the scenic Potomac River. This time there were no reported sightings of bald eagles, but routinely visitors to the area spot them either flying or perched in all their glory.
We welcome all attending: Eric Wester, Gary and Susan Dahl, Donna Weddle, Dave and Janice Hicks, Demetrius Walton, Carleton Birch, Timothy Mallard, Wayne and Connie Ice with son, Wayne, Jane Heaton, Sherry and Jerry Reynolds, Bill Jokela and Randall Bowen.
Due to travel or moves, we extended greetings and prayers for some not with us who sent word: Wayne Lehrer, Ben and Betty Nass, Rick Cantrell, Jeff and Monika Young (in Germany), Ivan Ives (in Oregon), Dennis Madtes (attending his youngest son’s college graduation in SC) Paula Wester (working at Walter Reed) and Ron Crews (relocated to Gainesville, GA).
Chaplain Timothy Mallard, the garrison chaplain, welcomed our group and offered our invocation and prayer of gratitude for the meal. We enjoyed a bountiful buffet and got some updates. First, Donna Weddle, shared her grateful words for the enormous support and turn-out for the committal service to bury beloved Army Chief of Chaplains (MG) G.T. Gunhus on Friday, 28 April at Arlington National Cemetery. Also, Donna is a member of the National USACCRA Board, so she provided information about the hotel search for the planned Fall 2018 national USACCRA gathering. The 2018 USACCRA meeting is planned for the national capital region. Details about the gathering and our preparation and support will follow.
Chaplain Mallard updated the group on ministry activities at Fort Belvoir and emphasized the robust and diverse military mission and vibrant chaplaincy activities, including 10 different regular worship services, religious education, and other ministries.
Finally, we noted the upcoming 242nd anniversary of the Chaplain Corps and planned observances. Additional information received on the day of the meeting announced a morning memorial service at Fort Myer, Arlington, VA, along with ceremonies at Chaplains Hill and the Tomb of the Unknowns. All of these activities will be Friday, 28 July 2017. Practicing and retired chaplaincy personnel will be welcomed at this event planned by the Military District of Washington.
Next Event: Fort Myer, Friday, 28 July 2017 to commemorate the 242nd Anniversary of the Chaplain Corps! Watch for further details.