Field Marshal Lord Charles Guthrie of Craigiebank, 73, is Britain’s highest-ranking army general, who was head of the country’s armed forces from 1997 until 2001 under the government of Tony Blair. He also happens to be a convert to Catholicism, received into the Church in his 40s.
Over the course of his career, Lord Guthrie has served in, among other countries, Malaysia, the Persian Gulf, the Balkans, East and West Africa and Northern Ireland. From 2000 until 2009, he was colonel commandant of the SAS, Britain’s special forces; and in June this year, Queen Elizabeth II raised him to the rank of field marshal.
Speaking to the Register at his residence in London July 20, Lord Guthrie discusses his conversion, the effect his faith has had on him as a soldier, the just-war tradition and a number of contentious debates and topical issues.
ARMED FORCES RESERVE CENTER, FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo mobilized more than 2,300 soldiers and airmen by the end of Tuesday, Oct. 30, to assist local communities and first responders for the forecasted storm surge and floods associated with Subtropical Storm Sandy's landfall, Oct. 29. From eastern Long Island to New York City up to the Hudson Valley and Southern Tier, Capital Region and even out to Western New York, units stood up troops and vehicles to better support county response efforts as the expansive storm approached New York.
In March of 2007, less than a month after I had turned twenty-two years old, I was deployed to Afghanistan with my engineer unit. I would remain in Afghanistan, with the exception of twenty day’s vacation in January of 2008, for the next fifteen months. At that point in my life my faith was quietly growing from a very important part of my life, to the most important part of my life.
On Sept. 3, 1967, in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, U.S. Marine Col. Francis L. Loving (Ret.) served at the last Mass celebrated by Maryknoll Father Vincent Robert Capodanno, a lieutenant in the Navy Chaplain Corps assigned to the First Marine Division.
The next day, Company D of the 1st Battalion 5th Marines was badly outnumbered by more than 2,500 North Vietnamese. When reinforcements were requested, Father Capodanno left the safety of the command post to minister to the dying on the battlefield.
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Spc. Christopher Honaker and Pfc. Joseph Miracle were two young troopers assigned to the 173rd Brigade Combat Team when they were killed in action during a combat operation July 5, 2007 in eastern Afghanistan. As an ode to the ultimate sacrifice that both soldiers had made, a small outpost was named in their honor in the region where they had died. Honaker’s sister, Staff Sgt. Charlene Navarrette, from Havelock, N.C., had the chance to visit the outpost that is graced with her brother’s name April 10.
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In both cases destruction may be essential to the avoidance of destruction, and also to the very possibility of construction. Men are not merely destroying a ship in order to have a shipwreck; they may be merely destroying a tree in order to have a ship. And the deepest and most democratic of all destructive revolutions was the Great War itself, which destroyed the whole elaborate and laborious machinery of Prussianism which would otherwise have destroyed all the normal liberties and humours of humanity.
--Gilbert K. Chesterton
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