On Tuesday, Carol, Chris Ames, Jack Gilbert, and I participated in Clergy Day at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, MA. The event was hosted by Chaplain Major Matthew Zimmerman, the Chaplain’s Office, and the Public Affairs Office. We were treated to a tour of a C-5 aircraft and got to sit in the captain’s chair (how an aircraft the size of a whale can fly is beyond my ability to understand), visited the base Fire Department (we watched them shoot the fire cannon), saw a C-130 aircraft take off (it’s a dwarf compared to the C-5), and took in the view from the top of the control tower. Over lunch, Chaplain Zimmerman talked about how his office would like to partner with local churches to better serve the spiritual needs of our military. In a culture that often tries to kick the church to the curb, it was encouraging to be invited into a partnership with a government entity and other local churches.
Churches & Chaplains partnering to serve