God in the midst of suffering

  • Published
  • By Chaplain (Maj.) Keith A. Lingsch
  • Readiness Center
Recently an Active Duty B-52H crashed in the Pacific Ocean off the shore of Guam. The plane was on a training mission in which it was scheduled to fly over crowds during a Liberation Day celebration. In the midst of suffering, God was present to bring comfort and peace. God was present through an Air National Guard Chaplain and Chaplain Assistant. 

One of the AEF deployments that the ANG Chaplaincy has consistently filled is the flight-line ministry at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The RST serving God by caring for Airmen in Guam is Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Greg Clapper of the 122nd FW in Indiana and Master Sgt. Mark Lounello of the 192nd FW in Virginia. Their flight-line mission had them in close contact with all the B-52 flight-crews prior to the accident. Our business in the Air Force is dangerous. Lives are on the line every day. As we build relationships through ministry of presence with flight-crews and all those who serve, we hope never to have to deal with tragedies. Sometimes the unthinkable happens. 

In the wake of the unthinkable, Clapper and Lounello were where God needed them to be. They have tirelessly worked to bring God's comfort and peace. In a chaotic situation they did their job and did it well! Thanks for being God's representatives and bringing healing to those that are hurting. 

May God bless the men and women of Andersen AFB and the RSTs that serve them!