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Shepherd and Elder Care to Caregiver (C2C) Program

In October we made our second presentation about the Shepherd and Elder Care to Caregiver (C2C) Program to the Advanced Course C4 14-002 Class. We have more Chaplains who want to link with Shepherds and that linking will take place in the next few weeks. The program will always be voluntary, with no coercion. Understandably, inviting them to engage in a relationship with a person they don’t know is somewhat intimidating and they are reluctant to stand up and say they want to link with a Shepherd. We will be linking 8 more chaplains this time. We hope that you, who are serving as Shepherds with Chaplains today, will sustain and engage with the mentees so their experience with you will be the testimony that will encourage other serving Chaplains to join in the C2C Program. Thank you to our Shepherds who have linked with Chaplains. I know the mentoring you do with them will encourage them and be helpful to them.

Care to Caregiver (C2C) Program by Chaplain Thomas H. Brouillard

In mid-August senior leaders of the Chaplain Corps came from all over the world to participate in the Chief of Chaplains’ Strategic Leader Development Training. This event, held annually, had to be cancelled last year and reworked in the wake of budget constraints. In the past, Senior Leadership Development Training (SLDT) included most all of the senior Unit Ministry Teams (UMTs) in all components of the Army Chaplain Corps; budget constraints forced a dramatic reduction in the list of invitees this year in order to conform to current training guidance from Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).

I have to confess that I’m not a great fan of mass gatherings of any sort where training or teaching or briefings are concerned, as it doesn’t take long before my spine begins to feel as if it’s welded to the usual uncomfortably hard plastic chairs featured at most venues. And it’s the networking and informal discussion and brainstorming with other senior leaders about practical issues and solutions that gives any real significance or permanence to these things.

Aspects of this training were no different, but one session was of particular interest to the topic of my article in this issue of the newsletter – the Care to Caregiver (C2C) Program. Developed between the current Chief of Chaplains, CH (MG) Donald L. Rutherford, and former Chief of Chaplains, CH (MG-R) G.T. Gunhus, the Care to Caregiver Program aligns currently serving chaplains and chaplain assistants with retired members of our Corps, who have volunteered to act as Shepherds and Elders (mentors) to them.

The first presentation about the Shepherd and Elder C2C Program was made to the Advanced Course C4 14-001 Class. An article on the Chaplain Regimental Association web page points out that, of the 36 students in the class, seventeen of them linked with a Shepherd; nine declined to participate; and nine indicated no preference one way or the other. Four who attended the most recent Brigade Chaplain Functional Course indicated a wish to link with a Shepherd. Considering that the program is strictly voluntary, it appears to be off to a great start.

The C2C Program continues to solicit volunteers as of this writing. It is my hope that volunteers from all components will step forward to mentor and guide mid-career and young chaplains just starting out. I received no mentoring (or even supervision for that matter) as a chaplain candidate and very little as a company grade chaplain. But beginning in my field grade years, I had a string of fantastic mentors – chaplains, other special staff, and line officers alike. And I was determined to “pay it forward” during the remaining years of my career.

In my experience as a senior leader, there is NO greater satisfaction than in mentoring the next generation of senior leaders. I mean that sincerely – NOTHING that is more rewarding. But that’s been true at every stage of my career, as I endeavored to mentor those immediately subordinate to me and accepted mentoring from those above me. If you are not doing so already, I strongly encourage you – no, more than encourage you – I suggest it’s a big part of your responsibility to the Army and to the Corps – to mentor a chaplain in your Area of Responsibility (AOR).

Having said all that, I offer a word of caution to prospective mentors and mentees. Not everyone is cut out for or ought to engage in mentoring, in my view. Unless you can make judgments without being judgmental, unless you can impart your expertise without being doctrinaire, unless you can walk a mile in someone else’s shoes without stepping on their toes, unless you can uphold what you cannot always personally embrace – do your subordinates a favor and forget about mentoring. I would say further, unless as a senior leader, you value your mentee’s career as much or more than your own – do your subordinates a favor and forget about mentoring.

And to those looking for a mentor, take your time. Trust is the precondition for any successful mentoring. Use your judgment; wait until it feels right. Until you sense you can trust, don’t jump at the first senior chaplain you encounter or you may sadly live to regret the day you did. You will know when you’ve found the right person. The C2C Program is an opportunity for you newer and mid-career chaplains to pick up a mentor who has already proven himself or herself as a trusted mentor over an entire career and clearly cares about your career enough to volunteer the time to look after you as a Shepherd and Elder.

If you’ve not found a mentor, I strongly encourage you to request one today. If you’ve not been a mentor, I suggest you engage now to ensure that the experience and the care that you bring to the Corps in your career lifecycle is not lost to the Corps of the future. mailto:thomas.brouillard@us.army.mil phone is 860-639-4494

Pro Deo et Patria
Army Strong

CH (COL) Thomas H. Brouillard
Director, Reserve Components Integration
Office of the Chief of Chaplains

Shepherds Linking with Chaplains

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GT Gunhus speaking to the C4 Advance Course Class on mentoring.

 

Two months ago we made our first presentation about the Shepherd and Elder Care to Caregiver (C2C) Program to the Advanced Course C4 14-001 Class. There were 36 students in the class. Seventeen of the class members have linked with a Shepherd, nine students declined to participate and nine have not indicated one way or another. Most likely that means they are declining. In addition, four who attended the Brigade Chaplain Functional Course have indicated they wish to link with a Shepherd. Considering that this is strictly a voluntary program, we are off to a great start. Thank you to our Shepherds who have linked with a chaplain. I know the mentoring you do with them will encourage them and be helpful to them.

WHY WE NEED SHEPHERDS AND ELDERS

Our Army Chaplain Family is grieving the loss of a dear Chaplain Brother who recently took his life at Fort Riley, Kansas.  He was serving as a Battalion Chaplain at Fort Riley.  We pray for his family and trust the Lord will give them strength and courage and the Hope of the Resurrection.  “Would-a-should-a-could-a”, is running through my heart and mind, big time!  Could our Shepherds and Elders have been able to help and made a difference?  Nobody knows that.  But we weren’t there!!  That I know!!

I was hoping we would have our Care to Caregivers program in full swing by now.   Fort Riley will be the first place we will be connecting Shepherds and Elders with serving Chaplains and Chaplain Assistants.  I know there are many of you in our retired Chaplaincy Family living within driving distance from Fort Riley.  It is not necessary for a Shepherd or Elder to be within driving distance of the Chaplain or Chaplain Assistant that would be mentored.  A cell phone, email, or text is all one needs to establish a mentoring relationship.  However in the case of Fort Riley and what has happened there recently, we would like to have some of our mentors from the local area mentoring the Chaplains or Chaplain Assistants at Fort Riley.   I am asking you to step forward now and volunteer to be a Shepherd.  Send me a note with your contact information telling me you are ready to step forward to serve as a Shepherd or Elder.  My email address is: agunhus@aol.com.  I will personally get in touch with you.  You can also call me at 571-214-1463.

Thank you,

Chaplain (MG-Ret) Gaylord T. Gunhus

agunhus@aol.com

571-214-1463

Care to Caregiver Fort Carson

UMT Training at Fort Carson featured a visit from several Shepherds – former members of the Chaplain Corps who have volunteered to serve as mentors for current members as part of the Care to Caregiver initiative.61012_587391674669531_1116093833_n

As part of this training session, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist provided UMT members an overview of trauma in the workplace and elements of self-care for caregivers – featuring tools, guided discussion, and practical exercises.

Pictured (left to right) are: Jim Bixler, James Griffith, Larry Fenton, Charles Adams, John Bauer, Bill Fox, and CH (COL) David Brown, Garrison Chaplain Fort Carson.

SECOND C2C PRACTICAL EXERCISE

SECOND C2C PRACTICAL EXERCISE

In the “C2C Update” article above, the first Practical Exercise which will actually pair up Shepherds and serving Chaplains who are in the C4 Advanced Course was mentioned.  The second C2C Practical Exercise was also mentioned.  This exercise will be different because it will occur at an installation monthly UMT Meeting.  We will choose a specific installation.  The Chaplains and Chaplain Assistants attending the Monthly UMT Meeting will be given the contact information of Shepherds and Elders.  They will be responsible for making contact with their assigned Shepherd or Elder and the mentoring process will begin between the paired individuals.  There will not be a prescribed method for communication.  Email, phone calls, blogs, Twitter, Facebook is all possible.  If the Shepherd or Elder is near an installation where their mentee is assigned, personal face-to-face meetings over a cup of coffee, etc. will also be appropriate.  It will be up to the mentee and the Shepherd or Elder to determine the best way to communicate.

NEED C2C Volunteers

NEED C2C Volunteers

We will be conducting the first practical exercise for the Shepherds and Elders in the C2C Program in November (dates to be determined). See the above article “C2C Update.”  If the first two practical exercise were to be conducted today we would have only 1/3 of the Shepherds we need and 1/10 the number of Elders we would need.   All of you know what a great opportunity this is to provide support, encouragement, and support  for our serving Chaplains and Chaplain Assistants and our DREs.   If you haven’t signed up, please do so immediately.  It’s easy!  Go to our Regimental Website, click on the C2C page at the top of the home page, complete the registration form and you become a Shepherd or Elder.  www.chaplainregiment.org

Maybe you can do one more thing that will help to grow our numbers.  Talk to three or more of your chaplain or chaplain assistant friends and encourage them to join.  You can explain how easy it is for them to register and, more importantly, give them an opportunity to serve and support our Chaplain Corps.  Our serving Chaplains and Chaplain Assistants need your support.

SECOND C2C PRACTICAL EXERCISE

In the “C2C Update” article above, the first Practical Exercise which will actually pair up Shepherds and serving Chaplains who are in the C4 Advanced Course was mentioned.  The second C2C Practical Exercise was also mentioned.  This exercise will be different because it will occur at an installation monthly UMT Meeting.  We will choose a specific installation.  The Chaplains and Chaplain Assistants attending the Monthly UMT Meeting will be given the contact information of Shepherds and Elders.  They will be responsible for making contact with their assigned Shepherd or Elder and the mentoring process will begin between the paired individuals.  There will not be a prescribed method for communication.  Email, phone calls, blogs, Twitter, Facebook is all possible.  If the Shepherd or Elder is near an installation where their mentee is assigned, personal face-to-face meetings over a cup of coffee, etc. will also be appropriate.  It will be up to the mentee and the Shepherd or Elder to determine the best way to communicate.

C2C UPDATE October 2013

C2C UPDATE

The C2C (Care to the Caregiver Program) Campaign is progressing, but not as quickly as we would like to see it.  Most of you became Shepherds and Elders two or three months ago and are wondering what is happening and wanting to know when we will actually engage in the program.  We are only one facet of a multi-functional program that is designed to enhance the resiliency of the US Army Chaplain Corps.  The Chief of Chaplains is trying to move all of the parts along at the same speed which requires major coordination.  You can click on the link below to see the briefing slides for the C2C Campaign Plan.

The responsibility of the program will ultimately belong to the Center for Spiritual Leadership (CSL) at the US Army Chaplain Center and School (USACHCS).   The Chief of Chaplains will remain the overseer of the program.  The transition from OCCH to CSL has begun and our first active engagement for Shepherds will take place in November.  The specific date is yet to be determined.  The Chief of Chaplains is calling this our first “practical exercise.”  The names and contact information of the registered Shepherds will be provided to individuals in the present C4 Chaplains Advanced Course.  We will let you know when the specific date is established so you can make arrangements to be available on that date.  It will then be the responsibility of the Shepherds and serving Chaplains to maintain the contact and determined their preferred method of communication.  The same process will take place with Elders and the ANOC students at a later date.  If you have any questions, call me at 571-214-1463 or email at agunhus@aol.com .   GT Gunhus

Care to Caregiver Campaign (C2C) – a message to Shepherds and Elders

Chaplain (Major General) Donald Rutherford, U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains, and former U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains, retired U.S. Army Major General G. T. Gunhus, share a message of thanks to the Shepherds and Elders in the Care to Caregiver campaign. The Care to Caregiver (C2C) campaign is the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps’ branch-wide initiative in support of the U.S. Army’s Ready and Resilient Campaign. The C2C campaign coordinates with former Army Chaplains in order to teach, coach, counsel and mentor our current U.S. Army Chaplains.

Message from the Chief of Chaplains

The Army Chief of Chaplains, Chaplain (MG) Donald Rutherford and his staff, continue to work with us to establish the Care to Caregivers (C2C).  Members of the USACCRA are the essential players in to the program. This past week nineteen members of the Association, chaplains and chaplain assistants, registered to be Shepherds and Elders.  We are grateful for those of you who registered.  We need many more of you to serve as Shepherds and Elders. We will keep you informed how our team is growing and where we are in process of bringing the program on board.  This week we received a video message from the Chief of Chaplains in which he emphasizes the importance of the Shepherds and Elders in executing the C2C Program.  (Link to the Chief’s video.)