Artillery community gets new chaplain

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Jessica Sampler pins the rank of captain on the lapel of her husband, Justin, in a ceremony conducted at Boone National Guard Center. (Photo courtesy Chaplain (Maj.) Bill Draper)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 7, 2011) — The Kentucky National Guard artillery community is getting a little spiritual enrichment with the promotion and assignment of its newest chaplain.

Chaplain Justin Sampler was promoted to the rank of captain in ceremonies conducted at the Boone National Guard Center.  Joint Force Headquarters State Chaplain (Col.) David Graetz conducted the promotion while Sampler’s wife, Jessica, assisted.

Sampler’s first assignment as chaplain is with 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery.

Sampler grew up in Oklahoma and joined the Army National Guard his senior year of high school. After serving as a “thirteen mike” he went to officer’s candidate school and became a field artillery officer.  He then moved to Louisville and attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he graduated.P1020481

“Out of all the units that I could be assigned, I’m thankful to be with the 623rd,” said Sampler.  “After serving with them as an artillery officer and now as a chaplain, I am able to relate to their mission and in turn I am able to provide them with spiritual support.  It’s the best of both worlds.”

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