Engineers’ chaplain dives in

| February 28, 2013 | 0 Comments
Chaplain (Capt.) Bryan Hodge, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, flashes he’s okay after completing a front entry into the water. The certified diver and man of the cloth found a home with the Army divers of the 7th Dive Detatchment.

Chaplain (Capt.) Bryan Hodge, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, flashes he’s okay after completing a front entry into the water. The certified diver and man of the cloth found a home with the Army divers of the 7th Dive Detatchment.

Story and photo by
1st Lt. Cortney Heaps
65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade,
8th Theater Sustainment Command

As the former chaplain to the 130th Engineer Brigade, the Bayonet family welcomes Chaplain (Capt.) Bryan Hodge to the 7th Dive Detachment, 65th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Bde., 8th Theater Sustainment Command.

During sergeants’ time training, Hodge jumped right in with the sappers of the deep and conducted underwater operations. As divers investigated murky waters for simulated improvised explosive devices, the Soldiers of the sea allowed the man of God to experience their training in all of its glory.

As a certified diver, Hodge is ready for integration into the 65th Eng. Bn., and he jumped into training with the divers immediately.

“I want to be there with the Soldiers in the battalion to show them that the chaplain is going to be a productive member of the Bayonet family,” said Hodge, who hopes to support the ranks as the battalion prepares for its upcoming deployment.

The Chaplain Corps

The word chaplain is derived from cappa, Latin for cloak. The spiritual guidance and sense of security provided by Army chaplains gives Soldiers security and spiritual guidance.

The mission of the Chaplains Corps is to provide religious support for all Soldiers and assist commanders in ensuring the right of free exercise of religion.

Currently, more than 2,900 Army chaplains serve, representing more than 130 different religious organizations. For as long as the Army has been around, chaplains have served alongside Soldiers, tending to their spiritual needs.

The Chaplains Corps is one of the smallest and oldest braches of the Army, dating back to 1775. Small but potent, chaplains are there for every Soldier and family member.

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