chaplain Archive

  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard July 29th marks the 244th anniversary of the U. S. Army’s Chaplain Corps, one of the oldest and smallest branches of the Army, dating back to 1775.  As long as there have been armies, military chaplains have served, providing for soldiers’ spiritual needs, improving moral, and aiding the wounded. The Bible tells of the early Israelites bringing their priests into battle with them.  Pagan priests accompanied the Roman legions during their conquests; as Christianity became the predominant religion of the Roman Empire, Christian chaplains administered to Roman soldiers. In the United States, during the […]

    244 years of Army Chaplains

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard July 29th marks the 244th anniversary of the U. S. Army’s Chaplain Corps, one of the oldest and smallest branches of the Army, dating back to 1775.  As long as there have been armies, military chaplains have served, providing for soldiers’ spiritual needs, improving moral, and aiding the wounded. The Bible tells of the early Israelites bringing their priests into battle with them.  Pagan priests accompanied the Roman legions during their conquests; as Christianity became the predominant religion of the Roman Empire, Christian chaplains administered to Roman soldiers. In the United States, during the […]

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — In a ceremony held Nov 13, Eliot Handziak took the oath of office to become an officer in the Kentucky National Guard, and a military chaplain. Self-described as a passionate and compassionate person, he says he goes ‘all in’ no matter what it is he is doing. The 45-year-old, Evansville, Indiana-native currently serves as a priest in the Anglican Church in North America and had served as a pastor for 14 years, and as a hospital chaplain for 4 years. He has a Bachelors of Arts in Theology and Biblical […]

    New chaplain inspired by Veteran grandparents

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — In a ceremony held Nov 13, Eliot Handziak took the oath of office to become an officer in the Kentucky National Guard, and a military chaplain. Self-described as a passionate and compassionate person, he says he goes ‘all in’ no matter what it is he is doing. The 45-year-old, Evansville, Indiana-native currently serves as a priest in the Anglican Church in North America and had served as a pastor for 14 years, and as a hospital chaplain for 4 years. He has a Bachelors of Arts in Theology and Biblical […]

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  • By Spc. Sarah Gossett, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – Military chaplains have served alongside Soldiers as long as armies have existed, nurturing Soldiers’ spiritual needs, working to improve morale, caring for the wounded, and honoring the fallen. The U.S. Army Chaplain Corps, established July 29, 1775, is one of the oldest and smallest branches of the Army. Though their field is one of the first, and may not change structure as often as other jobs in the military, the Chaplain Corps still trains like any other, excluding weaponry for the chaplains themselves. The Kentucky National Guard Chaplains […]

    Chaplain corps maintains mission of faith

    By Spc. Sarah Gossett, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. – Military chaplains have served alongside Soldiers as long as armies have existed, nurturing Soldiers’ spiritual needs, working to improve morale, caring for the wounded, and honoring the fallen. The U.S. Army Chaplain Corps, established July 29, 1775, is one of the oldest and smallest branches of the Army. Though their field is one of the first, and may not change structure as often as other jobs in the military, the Chaplain Corps still trains like any other, excluding weaponry for the chaplains themselves. The Kentucky National Guard Chaplains […]

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  • Courtesy Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti – As part of the State Partnership Program (SPP), Kentucky National Guard Chaplain Col. Yong K. Cho, state command chaplain and Chaplain Lt. Col. Bill Draper, senior state support chaplain, visited Djibouti, Africa, in May during Ramadan. The trip marks a first for the Guard Chaplaincy Corps yet Cho hopes it will not be the last.  “We are grateful to the AFRICOM chaplain office, CJTF-HOA religious affairs team and our Kentucky State Partnership program director and senior leaders for the opportunity to visit Djibouti during their holy season of Ramadan.” […]

    Kentucky Guard Chaplains and Djibouti religious leaders strengthen their partnership

    Courtesy Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti – As part of the State Partnership Program (SPP), Kentucky National Guard Chaplain Col. Yong K. Cho, state command chaplain and Chaplain Lt. Col. Bill Draper, senior state support chaplain, visited Djibouti, Africa, in May during Ramadan. The trip marks a first for the Guard Chaplaincy Corps yet Cho hopes it will not be the last.  “We are grateful to the AFRICOM chaplain office, CJTF-HOA religious affairs team and our Kentucky State Partnership program director and senior leaders for the opportunity to visit Djibouti during their holy season of Ramadan.” […]

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  • By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. – He was born in Busan, Republic of Korea (South Korea) and lived in Seoul from elementary school through college. His father first came to America on his own for seminary, and it was his father’s decision to move his family to America for the educational opportunities. In 1979, Yong Cho immigrated to America with his parents and three sisters at the age of 20. Col. Cho, the first Asian American State Chaplain in the Kentucky National Guard, represents the people, history and heritage of Asians and Pacific Islanders who live in this […]

    State chaplain uses diversity for common good

    By Stacy Floden, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. – He was born in Busan, Republic of Korea (South Korea) and lived in Seoul from elementary school through college. His father first came to America on his own for seminary, and it was his father’s decision to move his family to America for the educational opportunities. In 1979, Yong Cho immigrated to America with his parents and three sisters at the age of 20. Col. Cho, the first Asian American State Chaplain in the Kentucky National Guard, represents the people, history and heritage of Asians and Pacific Islanders who live in this […]

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  • By Master Sgt. Gerard Brown, Georgia National Guard Public Affairs ATLANTA, Ga. — One team one fight, or Soldiers taking care of Soldiers are common phrases used in the military, especially when it comes to aiding different units or even different branches during difficult situations. More often, this reference is used when comparing the military’s fight against a common enemy, but in this case, two National Guard states came together to aid Sgt. 1st Class Chris Bradley with his fight to walk again. Bradley was involved in an accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down. The severity of the […]

    Georgia chaplain helps Kentucky Guardsmen with healing

    By Master Sgt. Gerard Brown, Georgia National Guard Public Affairs ATLANTA, Ga. — One team one fight, or Soldiers taking care of Soldiers are common phrases used in the military, especially when it comes to aiding different units or even different branches during difficult situations. More often, this reference is used when comparing the military’s fight against a common enemy, but in this case, two National Guard states came together to aid Sgt. 1st Class Chris Bradley with his fight to walk again. Bradley was involved in an accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down. The severity of the […]

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  • Story by Sgt. Lerone Simmons, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. -Thirty-nine years ago, a young man joined the United States Navy after a friend, who had recently enlisted, suggested the idea. “My intention when I began this journey was to just do my four years in the Navy and earn my G.I. Bill,” Graetz said. He served as an aviation structural mechanic, then separated from the Navy after his first contract ended. For more photos, visit our flickr site here. Now, Army Brig. Gen. David. E. Graetz serves as the assistant to the Army Chief of Chaplains, Maj. […]

    Kentucky chaplain pinned brigadier general

    Story by Sgt. Lerone Simmons, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. -Thirty-nine years ago, a young man joined the United States Navy after a friend, who had recently enlisted, suggested the idea. “My intention when I began this journey was to just do my four years in the Navy and earn my G.I. Bill,” Graetz said. He served as an aviation structural mechanic, then separated from the Navy after his first contract ended. For more photos, visit our flickr site here. Now, Army Brig. Gen. David. E. Graetz serves as the assistant to the Army Chief of Chaplains, Maj. […]

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  • Story by Chaplain (Maj.) Bill Draper and David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Like any other element of the military, the chaplain corps has to conduct training to maintain its readiness to support the mission. On Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, the Kentucky Army National Guard’s chaplains gathered for their annual state chaplain training event. “These events are extremely important for our chaplain corps because it allows us to conduct specific training that better equips our chaplains and chaplain assistants to provide religious support across the organization,” said State Chaplain (Col.) Yong Cho.   “We are grateful for […]

    Kentucky Chaplains maintain readiness to support the troops

    Story by Chaplain (Maj.) Bill Draper and David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Like any other element of the military, the chaplain corps has to conduct training to maintain its readiness to support the mission. On Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, the Kentucky Army National Guard’s chaplains gathered for their annual state chaplain training event. “These events are extremely important for our chaplain corps because it allows us to conduct specific training that better equips our chaplains and chaplain assistants to provide religious support across the organization,” said State Chaplain (Col.) Yong Cho.   “We are grateful for […]

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  • Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — It’s not everyday you see a Korean, Southern Baptist pastor in Kentucky. Col. Yong Cho knows this and can laugh about how odd it seems. As the state chaplain for Kentucky’s 8500 Guardsmen, Cho’s work to provide religious support is anything but unusual. “You don’t find many Korean Southern Baptists,” he said. “But when we moved to Kentucky and I saw all the Southern Baptists churches, I thought I had come home, even if I had never been here before. I am very happy to call Kentucky home […]

    Kentucky Guard promotes state chaplain

    Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — It’s not everyday you see a Korean, Southern Baptist pastor in Kentucky. Col. Yong Cho knows this and can laugh about how odd it seems. As the state chaplain for Kentucky’s 8500 Guardsmen, Cho’s work to provide religious support is anything but unusual. “You don’t find many Korean Southern Baptists,” he said. “But when we moved to Kentucky and I saw all the Southern Baptists churches, I thought I had come home, even if I had never been here before. I am very happy to call Kentucky home […]

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  • Staff report FRANKFORT, Ky. — In January 2009, 1st Lt. Misti Reagan joined the Kentucky National Guard to participate in the Chaplain Candidate Program. Tennessee is home for Reagan. She grew up in Friendship, Tenn., but left those roots to pursue her civilian education for chaplaincy at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. While studying there, Reagan earned two Master’s degrees, Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling. “Serving with the Kentucky National Guard has been a true honor,” said Reagan. “I will never forget the blessings of being part of such a strong team. I look […]

    Female Soldier transfers home to pursue chaplaincy

    Staff report FRANKFORT, Ky. — In January 2009, 1st Lt. Misti Reagan joined the Kentucky National Guard to participate in the Chaplain Candidate Program. Tennessee is home for Reagan. She grew up in Friendship, Tenn., but left those roots to pursue her civilian education for chaplaincy at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. While studying there, Reagan earned two Master’s degrees, Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling. “Serving with the Kentucky National Guard has been a true honor,” said Reagan. “I will never forget the blessings of being part of such a strong team. I look […]

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