Friday, January 25, 2013

USA: One Nation... and still the greatest.

"I understand, we've had other orthodox Soldiers come through here." With this, SFC Martinez reminded me that the United States of America is still an amazing place.
I had to visit the section managing the flow of military personnel through Kyrgyzstan. With the Sabbath approaching, I was going to be delayed at least another day. As I explained the issue, I really didn't know what to expect. I did know there was no way I would ever consider  violating the Sabbath.
Americans are, on the whole, people of faith. Actually many faiths, something I am reminded of daily in my work as a U.S. Army Chaplain. "One nation under G-d, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Our ability to treat each other's religious views with dignity, understanding and respect keeps our nation strong, and is one reason we will continue to succeed even in these challenging times.
Although I am not looking forward to the delay here in Manas, I appreciate having the opportunity and privilege to serve G-d and Country.