DVIDS – News – Religious Affairs Airmen Strengthen Teamwork and Life Balance

As the backbone of the Wolf Pack’s spiritual resilience, Air Force Chaplains provide spiritual care and religious guidance to Airmen and their families with the support of Religious Affairs Airmen (RAA) at their side.

New to the wolf pack, Senior Airman Anna Nguyen, 8th Fighter Wing Religious Affairs Airman, works alongside chaplains in Kunsan to strengthen and inspire a spiritually attuned community. Together, the team accomplishes its combined mission through teamwork and balance with each other, Nguyen said.

Through religious observances, pastoral care, ministry service and offering spiritual guidance, Nguyen and the chapel team can connect with Airmen around the base.

“Our goal is to get Airmen out of the dorms and into exploring, so they’re not stuck in their own room,” Nguyen said. “We try to build relationships with people and have them build relationships with each other so they can rely on each other.”

Spiritual well-being can be just as important as physical strength and conditioning. Providing support can be difficult and you don’t have to be religious to be a good winger, Nguyen said. The programs run by the Chapel team are central to supporting Airmen, helping them decompress from their daily duties.

“Our chapel ministries are managed and coordinated by the RAAs, and the chapel would not be as successful without the enlisted personnel in the chapel team,” added Chaplain (Capt.) Arkadiusz Szyda, chaplain of the 8th Fighter Wing. “The RAAs manage the programs of the Chapel, using their creativity and talents to bring Airmen to our facilities – to let them rest, grow and learn.”

As an enlisted leader for the Airmen Ministry Center, Nguyen believes ministry can take on a multitude of meanings.

“It can be different for different people; it depends on your perspective and how you practice your faith,” Nguyen added. “For some people, ministry may be going to church or studying the Bible and for others it may be volunteering or building relationships with others. Whether it’s spiritual, religious, or just because, everyone can work towards building better relationships.

With a dynamic mission, RRAs must be flexible.

“Everyday is always changing, but I’m looking forward to it because we’re always doing different things, having good experiences and making a difference,” Nguyen said.
In addition to the events offered by the chapel, they also offer religious services for various denominations. For more information on chapel services, please visit: https://www.kunsan.af.mil/Wolf-Pack-Helping-Agencies/Chapel/

Date taken: 15.11.2022
Date posted: 15.11.2022 01:37
Story ID: 433260

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