• US Seabees, German and Turkish Sailors Assist Monastery in Spain

    ROTA, Spain (NNS) — Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133, Detail Rota, volunteered for a community relations (COMREL) project at a Spanish monastery in Rota, Spain, Sept. 29. More than 20 personnel volunteered as a gesture of goodwill at The Sisters at the Monastery in La Cartuja in Jerez, Spain. In addition to the Seabees, the volunteer group included U.S. Sailors from USS Leyte Gulf (CG55), eight German sailors from FCS Niedesachsen, and two Turkish sailors from TCG Kemalries. For more than six hours, the volulnteers worked hard helping the nuns with manual labor ranging from heavy lifting to organization of a storage facility at the monastery. Significant coordination was involved with the three ships, which are deployed together as part of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2. The three ships have sailed together, visited ports and strengthened relationships since July 2014. “I found out about the monastery through the base chapel on Naval Station Rota, Spain,” said Lt. Andrew Hoyle, chaplain for the USS Leyte Gulf. “I then contacted the religious program specialists who informed me of potential events, providing a list of a few COMREL opportunities, one of which was the monastery. It sounded promising, so … Continue reading

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If you are among today’s 1.8 million U.S. military personnel [236,500 officers; 1,139,100 enlisted; 12,700 cadets- midshipmen], then welcome home.

Military personnel- officers and enlisted, active duty and retired, from every branch of service- speak candidly of their quest to balance “the needs of the Army” (or Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Merchant Marines, Coast Guard) with the will of God.

Chaplains of many faiths, all of whom minister to Catholics in the military, are challenged by an acquisition process in need of reform.

One spoke of his $250 quarterly budget for religious supplies while stationed at a major Marine Corps base. Another chaplain wrote of his frustration with the acquisitions process itself- requests for religious supplies travelling up and down the chain of command for more than a year, only to be denied one week prior to rotating out to his next assignment.

Providing an effective means to supply chaplains with Catholic resources is one reason Mission Capodanno was formed. Read More