Our time at Fort Jackson, SC and the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School (USACHCS) is quickly drawing to a close. We are on orders to the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, about 30 miles north of Baltimore. During the USACHCS assignment I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the finest chaplains and chaplain assistants in the Army as we have worked together to train the “next generation.” I have learned to never let anyone tell you that training assignments are slow and relaxing! For the past three years, USACHCS trained over 4,500 officers and enlisted personnel.
Robin’s involvement included leading or supporting both a USACHCS cadre spouses’ group and one for our career course students’ spouses. She also volunteered at the post Thrift Shop and served on the board there.
Together we have been involved with the ChapelNext! ministry on post, helping in hospitality and preaching. In spring of this year, I led a worship service on Palm Sunday that included footwashing, a love feast, and Communion. It was great to see how many who had never participated in our Brethren practice actually found it inspiring and spiritually enriching.
Our boys are doing well also. Matt started his third year of medical school with clinical rotations and his wife Brianna began law school at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville). John continues to work full-time and will complete his college studies through Embry-Riddle University in December. His wife Britney finished an intensive course in photography this summer (if anyone in the Washington, DC area needs a photographer, I know one!). Most importantly, they (and we) are very excited as they are expecting their first child in February 2014. The really good news for us in this move is that we will be about 2 hours north of them.
Mark remains on the faculty at the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School at Fort Jackson, SC as Chief of the Training Execution Division and Course Manager of the Chaplains Advanced Course. Endorsing Agent John Schumacher visited with him and reports being “totally impressed” with the strong support of Mark from his supervisors at the School. Mark and Robin are deeply appreciative of your prayers in their behalf.