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East Alabama Chapter of USACCRA

We didn’t take a picture this time, but here is the summary of our last meeting.

The East Alabama Chapter of USACCRA met Tuesday, March 28, at the Golden Corral in Oxford, Alabama.

The guest speaker was LTC David Wood, Professor of Military Science at Jacksonville State University. Those attending were apprised of numerous changes in ROTC recruiting and training, as well as new issues relevant to all commanders, given new personnel policies currently in place.  

Attending were George Gray with his sons David Gray and Larry Gray, Jim Holiday, Jim Wilson, Mickey and Sandra Morton, Troy and Dianne Douthit, Hugh and Dorothy Kelso, and Tom and Carolyn Smith.

The next meeting will be on June 27 at 11:30 again at the Golden Corral in Oxford. Any and all chaplaincy family members are invited.

Thank you for including this article in the next newsletter.

Tom

DC-area US Army Chaplain Corps Regimental Association Luncheon

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ivan Chubb

Ivan Chubb
Address
14091 ne 49 ln
Williston, Florida 32696
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Email
ivanchubb@centurylink.net
Phone
(352) 318-5498
Date
02/23/2017
Ministry Report
Put some ads in trade papers. “I will find you a church of your choice” ” I can perford Weddings, Memorials, Funerals and I will bless your house.”Since I left the VA as Chaplain and went to several county nursing homes seeking the Vets and those others that are in need of God’s word.Some of the Nursing home Vets are not getting much visitations. I urge you all to take the time to bring sunshine in their faces.i bought some flags on a stick from American Flag. they were .20 a flag. those are great to give to the residents.those of us that belong to military Chaplains assoc are also ministers.i am right at 80 years old.It is heart warming for me to know that i am peaceful knowing that God is with me in my travels and here at home.i suggest that you look into you funeral details while you are young enough to set them to your ways.get with your veteran service officer. local honor guards, minister or chaplain, military burial cemetary, now the paperwork can be done ahead . put a good copy of your dd214 handy for your family.most of veterans family have not been in the military, so if you have it ready, it can be smooth for them.God told Moses that it was about his time.Moses had worked closely with God. and look at us, some times doctors can tell us when are going to die. the people that have accidents and just die with no warning often are not prepared.so many will say, just because i dont go to church dont beleive that i am not a christian.norman rockwell was a great artist, painer, for the news gazzette. norman had illustrated the entrance to a great cathederal, he had babies, crosses all drew on the wall, cars going down the street, and people with thier heads fixed to the concrete. the church marque had written “lift up thine eyes” the earth is here for all to see and enjoy.so many things that we have missed really looking at.i beleive in heaven and hell. i pleasure going to heaven. i fear being with the devil, lucifer. i have lifted up my eyes and i ask you to join so many of us that have

Scott Davies

Scott Davies
Address
50 Circle T Lane
Absarokee, Montana 59001
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Email
daviesranch@montana.net
Phone
(406) 321-1092
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After retiring in 2004 my wife and I moved to small ranch in very rural south-central Montana. I started a small Pastoral Counseling office and became a hospital Chaplain in Billings. Both of these ministries have been a great blessing. In 2013 I became a Reserve Deputy Sheriff for our county. About 10 months after becoming a part-time Deputy, I was diagnosed with Lung Cancer. This same lung cancer killed both my mother and my only sibling–its hard to outrun your own DNA. In August 2014, in spite of surgery, chemo and radiation, the cancer had progressed and I was made stage IV. I have been on oral chemo pills everyday since then. I still mange to keep up with being a Hospital Chaplain, a rancher and part-time deputy Sheriff, but at a much decreased level of activity and have just now applied for disability.

I have done what I can in preparing my wife to be on her own and am so very thankful to the Lord for the time he has granted me thus far. While there is a fair amount of suffering, His mercy and Grace have been overwhelming. I am also so thankful to my adult children, sons-in-laws and grandkids who help out with stuff.

FWIW, my email inexplicitly occasionally bounces things back. Just try again if this happens.

Scott Fluegel

Scott Fluegel
Address
3274 220th St.
De Witt, Iowa 52742
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Email
Revfluegel@gmail.com
Phone
(309) 428-4878
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Since retirement, April 2013, I have been a Hospital Chaplain, a Mental Heath Counselor, and an Elder in my Church. I am also a Field Force Officer in Eastern Iowa for West Point. I have provided Chaplain support to ROTC Detachments in Iowa. I have also volunteered at Salvation Army Adult Rehab Center. This ministry has challenged me and blessed at the same time. God has blessed me with these opportunities and with CRU Military’s Valor retreat. It is exciting to encourage these men and women as they prepare to lead our military into the future. I have enjoyed watching my three daughters grow in their Faith and the ministry. Catherine and her husband are in ministry with NAVs. “Be encouragers of one another.”

Fort Belvoir Gathering: US Army Chaplain Corps Regimental Association, DC-Area Chapter

Our group, at about 50% strength, met on Tuesday, October 11th at the Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club for our quarterly luncheon.  Our gathering included Bill Jokela, Brian Tung, Eric and Paula Wester, Gary and Susan Dahl, Wayne Lehrer, Rick Cantrell, Donna Weddle, Timothy Mallard, Pedro Reyes and Randall Bowen.   It was a great chance to reconnect to catch up on Summer travels and hear updates about ministry developments.  We were especially blessed to have senior chaplains and the chapel NCOIC welcoming us and leading us in prayer.

More than half of our group, however, were away and many sent greetings.  For Ben and Betty Ness it was moving day to their new home, Renee Klish, Bob Richter, Dennis Madtes, Ivan Ives and Kristi Pappas all sent their regrets.  Jeff and Monika Young and Jerry and Sherry Reynolds explained they are looking forward to the national gathering in San Antonio.  Benchuck Manning was committed to a VA Hospital Pastoral Care luncheon.  Doug Lee and Ron Crews were both traveling (to Hawaii and North Carolina), and David and Janice Hicks let us know they will soon depart for a visit with their son and family in England.

Our Washington DC-area chapter of the USACCRA will be well-represented at the San Antonio gathering at the end of the month.  And we will look ahead to our next gathering when we will reconvene in the new year with two dates set:   Thursday, 2 February at Ft Myer and Tuesday, 16 May at Ft Belvoir. 

To be added to our chaplaincy contact email list, please contact SGM Susan Dahl, USA (Ret) at susan.dahl@outlook.com

Jeffrey Mitchell

Email
chaplainmitchell@gmail.com

David Sobel

Address
21134 Carmel Hills
San Antonio, TX 78259
United States
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Email
OHthenowTX@aol.com
Phone
(210) 481-3463
Date
09/24/2016
Ministry Report
The older I get the more my focus has become seeing that my ten grand children all come to know the Lord first of all. Then I want them to know what they believe but why they believe it. In my walk with the Lord all these years I have been blessed with great teachers of theology. So when I was talking to my grand daughters about vacation Bible School and what they were learning, I sat them down and I played twenty questions with them. I asked them about Grace, Salvation, Justification and Baptism. They had been going to a good church ( I thought ). After a week of VBS three of my grand daughters failed to answer from scripture any question I had about the Christian Faith. When I asked why they thought they were Christians the response from the eldest floored me ” mommy said I was “. I took her aside and told her that was the worse response that I had ever had in my 45 years. I told them that I would be right back and I drove right to the church and wanted to see the Pastor ASAP. I told him what had just happened and that my grand daughters were scheduled to be baptized the following week. I asked him HOW do you baptize an unbeliever as that is not what we practice as part of our faith. Well he said he would pray about it and I walked out. This is a church of 5000. Well I did not attend as I had a line in the sand. A few months later the Pastor gives an invitation and my three grand daughters go forward to become Christians. I told them I was proud of them and I will Baptize them at the pool myself. This is why the Church is where it is!!!

John “Jack” Torp

Address
1620 N San Marcos de Niza Dr
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635-9271
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Email
jtorp@reagan.com
Phone
(520) 458-1985
Date
08/18/2016
Ministry Report
In 1990 I retired from active duty at Ft. Huachuca, AZ. Then I served as chaplain/therapist at a local mental hospital and RTC. For another two years I was in private practice as professional counselor in Sierra Vista. After that I served as “Interim” pastor of a local Korean/American church for five years. That was enough and I finally retired. My great joy and blessing has come from many of the young boys and girls in the church are now grown adults. At least a dozen of them have asked me to officiate at their weddings. What an honor! My wife, Jacquie, died in 2005, and I have since remarried to a wonderful lady named Rosemary. We love to travel all over the United States and Canada, so some time we just might be in your area.

Rev Dr Ivan Chubb

Address
14091 ne 49 ln
williston, florida 32696
United States
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Email
ivanchubb@centurylink.net
Phone
(352) 528-3328
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belong to military chaplains assoc.ordained methodist with completed doctorate.retired military chaplain at va.present military chaplain 5 county nursing home areas. Marriages, funerals, memorials and services.go to military vets posts and talk to them about christianity.was us army 1954-1956, us navy 1956-1961/