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Winter 2006 Rapport: Letters from the Front: AGTS military chaplains write about life in Iraq and Afganistan

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AGTS military chaplains
write home about life
in Iraq and Afghanistan

All the Way!

Camp Salerno, the largest base in Afghanistan outside of Kabul, is located minutes from the mountainous Pakistani border and houses over 1000 parachuters, support infantry and engineers. This fortified helicopter base keeps a vigilant watch for terrorist activity. It is named for the beachhead onto which the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment dropped September 14, 1943, the first large-scale invasion of the European mainland in World War II.

Friday, August 19, 2005

AGTS Community,

I thank God for you and hope all is well among you. Becky and I were able to be together last month. We celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary and had a great time with the kids, spending a lot of time at the pool. Sarah turned two while I was home. It was a much- needed get away.

I watch the Afghan moon wax and wane each month and can’t believe the fourth full moon has come since we arrived. The weather is still hot here, even at 7,000 feet. It will grow cooler soon and the winter snows might cause this particular Forward Operating Base to be inaccessible. The days pass as quickly as each mission comes and goes.

The paratroopers seem bigger than their circumstances. Daily, they overcome the rugged terrain of eastern Afghanistan as well as the rigors of combat. Last week, we had to say good-bye to a fellow paratrooper—a Medic—as we held a memorial ceremony for his company. His buddies spoke of his jovial spirit, ability to lighten the mood, leadership potential and care for others. They spoke of him as a brother.

In the memorial message I highlighted biblical examples of brotherhood—specifically, the loyalty and brotherly love between David and Jonathan. I see this kind of loyalty demonstrated among these brothers-in-arms. The unit seems to be rebounding well. I believe their unity enables them to overcome their circumstances.

Before deployment, I heard a chaplain lieutenant colonel relate a Scripture God had used to encourage him while enduring the hardships of ranger school. He pointed out that the passage contains a phrase applicable to the airborne community, “All the Way!” God reminded the people of Israel of his continued presence, even in the wilderness: “The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the desert. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place” (Deuteronomy 1:30,31).

These words comfort my heart as well. At times, it is tough to believe him, but we continue to cultivate faith.

We know that we can trust God to carry us “all the way.”

I love you all and cannot wait to see you again. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

CH (CPT) Sean A. Moore

Updated: Friday, December 2, 2005 4:23 PM


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