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1. 2 "Religion is central to identity and gives meaning to people's lives. It also is central to much of the strife taking place in the world today. Almost.

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2 2 "Religion is central to identity and gives meaning to people's lives. It also is central to much of the strife taking place in the world today. Almost anywhere one turns... one finds a religious dimension to hostilities.... We neglect religion at our peril." Douglas M. Johnston, US Naval Institute With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.... Lincoln, March 4, 1865, Inaugural Address

3 3 Chaplains like Samuel Stone (1602-1663) conducted worship, led prayers, and offered pastoral care to the sick and wounded. From the beginning of the Guards nearly 400 year history there have been clergy Guardsmen. Today hundreds of Army and Air National Guard chaplains and chaplain assistants continue to provide spiritual strength for our Soldiers, Airmen, and their families. A HISTORY OF PROVIDING SPIRITUAL CARE

4 4 The Chief of the National Guard Bureau's Message The National Guard Chaplaincy is vital to the spiritual health and well-being of National Guard members and their families at home and overseas. We depend on our Chaplaincy to provide moral and ethical direction, especially in times of rapid change and uncertainty. CRAIG R. MCKINLEY General, USAF Chief, National Guard Bureau

5 5 Message from the Director, Office of the Chaplain, NGB Strategic Direction 2010-2012 is not just todays theme or campaign plan. It is the beginning of a National Guard Chaplaincy Strategic Management Process that will ensure your Chaplaincys commitment to deliver ministry not only today and tomorrow, but in the uncharted future. JOHN B. ELLINGTON, JR. Major General, USAF Director, Office of the Chaplain, National Guard Bureau

6 6 "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...." Amendment I, United States Constitution "The Soldier's heart, the Soldier's spirit, the Soldier's soul, are everything. Unless the Soldier's soul sustains him, he cannot be relied on and will fail himself and his Commander and his Country in the end...." General of the Army George C. Marshall

7 7 THE NATIONAL GUARDS NEW BEGINNING NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT 2008 On January 28, 2008, the President signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act.... This law contains the most significant and sweeping reforms in the administration and organization of the National Guard Bureau, and indeed the National Guard itself, since the National Defense Act of 1916. From The National Guard Posture Statement 2008

8 8 OUR VISION SPIRITUAL STRENGTH WHEREVER NEEDED – WHENEVER REQUIRED WE WILL... Provide for the exercise of religious freedom. Build spiritual strength through ministry. Facilitate integrated religious support in domestic operations. Support the full range of federal missions. Work collaboratively with faith based and interagency organizations. Always nurture the living, care for the dying and honor the fallen.

9 9 OUR MISSION PROVIDE RELIGIOUS SUPPORT TO STRENGTHEN SOLDIERS, AIRMEN, AND THEIR FAMILIES, WHO DEFEND THE HOMELAND HERE AND ABROAD. "God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Thomas Jefferson, 1781

10 10 OUR VALUES SPIRITUALITY The quest to know God, oneself, and lifes meaning. COMPASSION Love that sees beyond the surface and embraces our common humanity. DIVERSITY The worth and right of persons to be cared for with dignity and respect. COURAGE Spiritual and moral strength to accomplish Gods calling.

11 11 NATIONAL GUARD PRIORITY #1 HOMELAND DEFENSE WE WILL... Strengthen National Guard Soldiers, Airmen, their families, and authorized civilians with vital religious support and mission ready chaplains and chaplain assistants. KEY RESULT... A seamless National Guard Chaplaincy, ensuring critical operations are accomplished anywhere, anytime in the United States, its territories, and overseas. CHAPLAINCY PRIORITY...

12 12 NATIONAL GUARD PRIORITY #2 SUPPORT WARFIGHTERS WE WILL … Provide religious observances, spiritual care, and ministry programs in all operational settings, bringing hope, offering compassion, and instilling resilience in the National Guard family. KEY RESULT... National Guardsmen and families spiritually strengthened to meet foreign and domestic Homeland Defense operations. CHAPLAINCY PRIORITY...

13 13 NATIONAL GUARD PRIORITY #3 PROVIDE DOMESTIC RESPONSE WE WILL... Refine religious support capabilities to provide advanced application of Chaplaincy resources to domestic defense and civil support missions. KEY RESULT... Enhanced domestic operations that safeguard the nation and advance community resilience. CHAPLAINCY PRIORITY...

14 14 NATIONAL GUARD PRIORITY #4 ADAPT AND TRANSFORM WE WILL... Adapt a transformed Chaplaincy for current and future missions by implementing organizational and strategic processes consistent with the demands of often unpredictable operational challenges. KEY RESULT... A transformed National Guard Chaplaincy that is adaptable to the complex and challenging missions of an operational force. CHAPLAINCY PRIORITY...


16 16 THE NATIONAL GUARD CHAPLAINCY OPERATIONAL CHALLENGES Transforming into an operational force Facilitating unity of effort with Chaplaincy providers Ensuring freedom of religious expression Collaborating to enhance response to catastrophic events Developing strategic regulatory policies and plans Sustaining the spiritual well-being of Chaplaincy personnel Making a positive difference for Guardsmen and families


18 18 THE NATIONAL GUARD CHAPLAINCY 2012 & BEYOND Will continue to provide for the constitutionally guaranteed free exercise of religion for military members. Will assume increased responsibilities in federal and state, and foreign and domestic defense, security, and emergency response operations. Will be indispensable participants in conducting religious support operations in future civil support missions.

19 19 Will increasingly integrate with blended DoD forces in joint combat, security, and emergency response operations. Will provide religious support in asymmetric and conventional operations often involving non- traditional enemies. Will function in a complex mix of state, federal, and civilian forces that requires a heightened degree of coordination and cooperation. THE NATIONAL GUARD CHAPLAINCY 2012 & BEYOND


21 21 A SACRED TRUST OUR CALLING. We will always provide for the religious needs and spiritual well-being of all we are assigned to serve. OUR COLLEAGUES. We will always treat our colleagues, as we do all others, with dignity, respect, integrity, and trust. OUR COUNTRY. We will always be unwavering in our commitment to the security, defense, and safety of our homeland. OUR COMMUNITY. We will always honor our communities and the families from which we come and to which we return. OUR COMMITMENT. We will always plan and perform religious operations in support of National Guard mission priorities.


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