Footsteps in Faith: Spiritual life is just as important as each Soldier’s equipment

| May 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (1st Lt.) Mark Mastin
524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th Theater Sust. Command

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As a battalion chaplain, I am excited to be able to serve Soldiers and their families.

I truly believe that this is the level where our Soldiers can be reached and cared for most personally, especially in the daily struggles that they may encounter.

It is a level where we as chaplains can be present and available, and hopefully, be an effective and immediate instrument to bring spiritual guidance and emotional well-being to all, no matter what faith one has or does not have.

One of our great military leaders who inspired me to pursue a career as a military chaplain is one of our famous World War II generals: Gen. George Marshall.

“The Soldier’s heart, the Soldier’s spirit, the Soldier’s soul is everything,” Marshall said in his 1941 speech, entitled “Morale in Modern Warfare.” “Unless the Soldier’s soul sustains him, he cannot be relied upon and will fail himself, and his commander, and his country in the end.”

From the time of Gen. George Washington to Marshall and into the present, our commanders have always known that our Soldiers need to take care of their spiritual life, as well as their arms and their equipment.

To do so also means that they are taking care of how they exhibit our Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.

I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve those who serve, and I offer my services to anyone who needs to talk with me.

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