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Into the Wild Blue Yonder, Behind a Desk, and Everywhere in Between

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By Carl Stagner

They call it total force. The United States Air Force utilizes this idea to limit the differences between what it means to be active-duty, in the Reserve, or in the Air National Guard. Members undergo the same training in order to function as a single body. Among chaplains, reservists are ready to go, should they be called up to active-duty service. Among chaplains, there is also a common goal—to provide for the free exercise of religion, all while representing Jesus Christ by the way they labor, listen, and love. Sometimes they find themselves stretched and blessed in ways not typically seen at the local church. More often than not, however, these ordained ministers of the Church of God simply do what all pastors do. Their nontraditional setting is what sets them apart. Four Church of God chaplains to the Air Force reveal the ups and downs, as well as the everywhere-in-betweens of Air Force chaplaincy. Continue reading