Headquarters Battalion made the most of its Summer Bash by combining the fun-filled event with the 244th Anniversary of the Army Chaplains Corps, Friday in Specker Field House.

“I want to congratulate the Chaplain Corps – 244 years. You guys don’t look a year over 200,” Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Andrew Wilbraham, said. “The Chaplain Corps was kind enough to allow us to combine these events, and this is for the Soldiers. You work hard every day, and don’t always get the recognition you deserve, so we put this together for you.”

Garrison Chaplain Col. Robert Hart invited the youngest Religious Affairs Specialist, Specialist Ian Hovey, and Father Col. Joe Fluery as the oldest representative to help cut the birthday cake. 

Installation Management Command Chaplain Col. Yvonne Hudson reminded the attendees the Chaplains Corps was founded on July 29, 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized one chaplain for each regiment in the Continental Army.

“General George Washington believed that ministers in the Army would ensure God’s providence, protection and favor, in combat. He wanted ministers to encourage, console and support the Soldiers. He also wanted his chaplains to be physical, moral and ethical reminders of the family and the community they left behind,” said Hudson. 

She said chaplains have not wavered from Washington’s original intent. 

“We nurture the living, care for the wounded, and honor the fallen. Chaplains do not perform this mission alone. We are joined by religious affairs specialists; fellow Soldiers; directors of religious education; civilians; over 14,000 volunteers in IMCOM; countless private organizations and, of course, our very precious Family members.”