US Military Chaplains Sponsor Social Fitness
The Comprehensive Airman Fitness program is modeled after the Army’s CSF. While it makes sense that chaplains would support the spiritual resiliency portion of the program, it turns out they play a part in the social pillar as well:
The base chapel also offers a variety of groups and activities for people with a variety of beliefs and interests including Protestant programs, Catholic programs, groups for young adults, a single parents group, Mothers of Pre-schoolers, a monthly spaghetti dinner, and different retreats throughout the year.
“Churches, whether on base or in the community, are a great way to meet people with similar beliefs. The church community does a lot for our Airmen,” said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Tim Porter.
According to Porter, chapel activities are open to, and attended by, people across the base regardless of spiritual beliefs.
The chapel also sponsors the Eclipse Cyber Café on the first floor of Discovery Hall. The café offers lattes and Italian sodas, game consoles, internet access, and a comfortable place for Airmen in the dorms to hang out or study.
The chaplaincy is just one means of comprehensive fitness that includes both spiritual, physical, social, and emotional pillars. While chapel groups are generally not ‘social clubs’ outside of the cafe style setting, they can be an excellent means of community support within the military — something that can make a strong contribution to the overall wellness of members of the military.