Reflections

12/03/2012  |  By Chaplain (Maj.) Ann Tang 108th Training Command (IET)
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Greetings from the chaplain’s office.

As I enter my second year as the 108th Training Command AGR Chaplain, it’s hard to imagine how quickly the time has passed. Fall is here already. In view of this, I have some thoughts to share. Like all other sections in the command, the chaplain’s office is also dealing with change.

First, the deputy command chaplain’s position is filled by Chaplain (Maj.) Charles Phillips, who is no stranger to the command. He was the brigade chaplain at the 2nd Brigade, 98th Training Division (IET), before he transferred to take responsibility of the Engineer Command in Charleston, S.C. (his assignment before coming to our HQ).

Second, all three of the chaplain candidates who have been with us for over a year or so have finished the Chaplain Officers Basic Leadership Course. Two of these chaplain candidates have already accessioned as USAR chaplains.

Third, our AGR chaplain assistant, Sgt. 1st Class Mark Wiggins has completed his BA degree in Business Administration this past May. Congratulations, Sgt. 1st Class Wiggins!

Fourth, as you may already know from the last issue of the Griffon, our NCOIC, Master Sgt. Katrina Todd, will be retiring around the first of the year after 20 years of military service.

With changes come opportunities just as the changing of the seasons. As I am writing this article, the weather is cooler; the leaves are changing colors; daylight is growing shorter; hunting season will begin; and soon Daylight Saving Time will end and we will fall back an hour. Of course, many of us are looking forward to the arrival of Daylight Saving Time giving us an extra hour of sleep.

The Bible states that there are seasons and things change according to these seasons. In Ecclesiastes 3:1, it says, “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven” (New International Version). We live in a world of change.

James 3:6 talks about the changes that occur every day and every year. Nature seems to turn as a wheel as we move from one season to the next. How this world is changing - sometimes from one extreme to the other. No matter how one wants to predict and prepare for change, just like the weather forecast, there is always a chance of the unexpected. Every change concerns us, not just because of the time and season, but because it is not always within our power to manage the change we experience.

Change does not come easy. We have patterns in life: house rules, traffic patterns, family traditions, ethnic or religious practices, and of course, military rules and regulations. We are all surrounded by and familiar with these. Change brings us to an unfamiliar realm that sometimes scares us, makes us uncomfortable. Yet change brings new chances and opportunities. Like a seed, if it is not deep in the soil, not absorbing the nutrients, the water, it will not take root. Like a caterpillar, if it is not willing to enter the cocoon, it will never become a beautiful butterfly.

In the coming months, we will welcome the new HHC commander, participate in a change of command for our commanding general, Maj. Gen. Robert Stall, and experience retirements and others personnel movements. May God’s strength and wisdom carry us through these changes.

Blessings to y’all, Chaplain Tang.

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