New Air Force Chaplain: Race, Gender, but No Religion
The Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing in New Jersey recently published an article announcing it had commissioned 1Lt Anita Morris as its new chaplain. Interestingly, the relatively short piece on the new unit’s religious representative managed to say nothing about religion; in fact, discounting the word “chaplain,” the only word remotely related to the chaplain’s field was one occurrence of “spiritual.” Otherwise:
History was made [when] Morris became the first African-American female to serve as chaplain in the history of the 177th Fighter Wing.
“It was met with great humility and gratitude to know I am the first,” Morris said.
The article was happy to communicate Lt Morris’ race and gender, but demurred on her religion or religious freedom — about which the reader leaves the article knowing absolutely nothing. While the article called her a chaplain, Lt Morris did not wear a chaplain’s badge, and she notably cited her “role model and inspiration” as Maya Angelou.
Lt Morris originally entered the US Air Force in 1995 and has been deployed to Kuwait and Iraq. She has a Divinity degree from Regent University and has been associated with both Methodist and Baptist churches.
Accepts All God’s creations and also see them through triumph in the soul-making process [sic]
and she also says she is a “commemorated 9/11 Hero for the Wyoming Air National Guard.”