Magazine article Anglican Journal

'Comforted by Their Faith'

Magazine article Anglican Journal

'Comforted by Their Faith'

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LIEUTENANT NAVY CAROL Bateman is a battle group chaplain who travels to visit the troops at forward operating bases in combat zones. She usually spends three to five days in each location.

During these visits, she connects with the soldiers, often letting personnel know she's in camp by serving meals. "Everyone, of course, eats ... and you get a feel for what the morale is, if they've had a rough day, if they've had a good day." She offers a worship service during the visit and talks with anyone who has a specific family concern or who has expressed a need to talk with a chaplain.

Since Bateman arrived in April, there have been combat injuries and losses. "We've had our share, unfortunately," she says. When a soldier is killed, all efforts are made to bring in personnel from that company for the ramp ceremony. For those personnel who can't attend, Bateman travels back out into the field to conduct another memorial service for the dead soldier's comrades. …

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