The Bagram Dharma Center in Afghanistan will be classified as a “faith-based resiliency center,” and it gives [Chaplain] Capt. Thomas Dyer…a better way to connect his Eastern beliefs, Southern roots and Middle Eastern deployment.
The article goes on to describe what it will be: Read more
US military members from across Iraq were invited to the celebration and were allowed to travel to the base specifically for the observance.
The official effort the US military puts into allowing — even encouraging — its members to participate in the religious services of their choosing is significant. Military members can take comfort in knowing that their leadership has their spiritual resiliency in mind and will, to the extent the mission allows, protect their free exercise.
The most recent article did have some interesting (and sometimes controversial) comments. For example, despite the accusations that Chaplains can never evangelize, the article does provide the qualifier: Read more
Thomas Dyer grew up Presbyterian and enlisted in the Marines. Feeling threatened by the training he was receiving to kill, he left the Marines and attended Mid-America Baptist Seminary, eventually becoming a Baptist preacher. His inability to find happiness as a Christian led him to convert to Buddhism. Having obviously given up his job as a Protestant preacher, he joined the Army National Guard and was commissioned a Chaplain in 2008. He will deploy to Iraq in January.
The article on Dyer is quite interesting, detailing both his wife’s reaction (she stands by him, though she hopes he’ll return to Christianity) and Dyer’s own lifelong search for fulfillment. Read more