chaplain Archive

  • Story and photos by Tech. Sgt. Jason Ketterer, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Click here for more photos.

    Meet the Kentucky National Guard’s newest chaplain!

    Story and photos by Tech. Sgt. Jason Ketterer, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Click here for more photos.

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  • Story and photo by Sgt. Sandra Fariss, 206th Engineer Battalion Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative OWENSBORO, Ky. — After two decades of military service, multiple deployments and touching countless souls, Chaplain (Maj.) James C. Messer is hanging up his uniform to tend his flock in the civilian world. Messer received the Kentucky Distinguished Service Medal presented by State Chaplain (Col.) David Graetz, during a retirement farewell ceremony held in Owensboro last January.  His most recent assignment was with 206th Engineer Battalion. “When I think of Chaplain James Messer, the words that come to mind are dedicated, competent, hard-working,” said Graetz.  […]

    Kentucky National Guard says farewell to longtime chaplain

    Story and photo by Sgt. Sandra Fariss, 206th Engineer Battalion Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative OWENSBORO, Ky. — After two decades of military service, multiple deployments and touching countless souls, Chaplain (Maj.) James C. Messer is hanging up his uniform to tend his flock in the civilian world. Messer received the Kentucky Distinguished Service Medal presented by State Chaplain (Col.) David Graetz, during a retirement farewell ceremony held in Owensboro last January.  His most recent assignment was with 206th Engineer Battalion. “When I think of Chaplain James Messer, the words that come to mind are dedicated, competent, hard-working,” said Graetz.  […]

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  • Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard is offering married couples and singles a series of a free weekend retreats designed to build and enhance relationships. The “Strong Bonds” programs provide an emotionally safe and secure training environment in which to address the effect of military lifestyle stressors. There are five marriage conference weekends scheduled for the coming year — Jan. 13-15, Mar. 9-11, June 1-3, July 27-29, and August 17-19. Two single Soldier conference weekends are also offered — June 8-10 and Aug. 24-26. “Strong Bonds is a key program […]

    Strong Bonds retreats offer opportunities to build and enhance relationships

    Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard is offering married couples and singles a series of a free weekend retreats designed to build and enhance relationships. The “Strong Bonds” programs provide an emotionally safe and secure training environment in which to address the effect of military lifestyle stressors. There are five marriage conference weekends scheduled for the coming year — Jan. 13-15, Mar. 9-11, June 1-3, July 27-29, and August 17-19. Two single Soldier conference weekends are also offered — June 8-10 and Aug. 24-26. “Strong Bonds is a key program […]

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  • Click here for more photos on this story. FRANKFORT, Ky. — “I’ve been waiting seven years for this!” Those are the words of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s newest chaplain, 1st Lt. Joshua Stine.  Stine was promoted in a quiet ceremony at Boone National Guard Center Oct. 21 by Col. David Graetz, State Chaplain for the Kentucky Army Guard. Stine’s remarks are in reference to his time as an enlisted Soldier while working toward joining the chaplain corps. “It’s always been my goal to be chaplain,” he said.  “I remained enlisted for a reason.  It was important to me to […]

    Meet the newest Kentucky Army National Guard Chaplain!

    Click here for more photos on this story. FRANKFORT, Ky. — “I’ve been waiting seven years for this!” Those are the words of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s newest chaplain, 1st Lt. Joshua Stine.  Stine was promoted in a quiet ceremony at Boone National Guard Center Oct. 21 by Col. David Graetz, State Chaplain for the Kentucky Army Guard. Stine’s remarks are in reference to his time as an enlisted Soldier while working toward joining the chaplain corps. “It’s always been my goal to be chaplain,” he said.  “I remained enlisted for a reason.  It was important to me to […]

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  • By Master Sgt. Phil Speck, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More than 40 chaplains, chaplain candidates and assistants from the Kentucky Army and Air National gathered here Oct. 15 for the annual Joint Chaplaincy Corps Training Conference. The meeting is held at the beginning of every fiscal year to prepare the corps for upcoming events, new programs and policy changes such as the recent repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, said Chaplain (Col.) David Graetz , Joint Force Headquarters chaplain and the state chaplain for the Army Guard. The chaplains conduct other […]

    Kentucky Guard chaplains meet for annual training conference

    By Master Sgt. Phil Speck, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More than 40 chaplains, chaplain candidates and assistants from the Kentucky Army and Air National gathered here Oct. 15 for the annual Joint Chaplaincy Corps Training Conference. The meeting is held at the beginning of every fiscal year to prepare the corps for upcoming events, new programs and policy changes such as the recent repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, said Chaplain (Col.) David Graetz , Joint Force Headquarters chaplain and the state chaplain for the Army Guard. The chaplains conduct other […]

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  • dwa Story and photos by 1Lt. Mark Slaughter, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Click here for more photos. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Twenty Kentucky National Guard couples found a little peace and quiet, fellowship and quality time together during a recent marriage retreat conducted by the Kentucky National Guard Chaplaincy on August 19th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville The Strong Bonds marriage retreat served as a “get away” for Kentucky Army and Air Guard couples, providing a fun, safe, and secure environment where the impact of deployments and military lifestyle stressors were addressed.  The focus of Strong Bonds is to increase […]

    Strong Bonds retreat offers couples skill sets, quality time together

    dwa Story and photos by 1Lt. Mark Slaughter, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Click here for more photos. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Twenty Kentucky National Guard couples found a little peace and quiet, fellowship and quality time together during a recent marriage retreat conducted by the Kentucky National Guard Chaplaincy on August 19th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville The Strong Bonds marriage retreat served as a “get away” for Kentucky Army and Air Guard couples, providing a fun, safe, and secure environment where the impact of deployments and military lifestyle stressors were addressed.  The focus of Strong Bonds is to increase […]

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  • dwa Click here for more photos on this and other stories about the Kentucky National Guard. 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 […]

    Artillery community gets new chaplain

    dwa Click here for more photos on this and other stories about the Kentucky National Guard. 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 […]

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