News: Standards of spiritual fitness
By Sgt. 1st Class Krishna M. Gamble
Task Force Pegasus Public Affairs
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- The theme of the Pegasus Prayer breakfast at Bagram Airfield Aug. 14 was spiritual fitness, as well as self-actualization to prepare for the trials of life.
Army Brig. Gen. Rodney Anderson, Combined Joint Task Force-82 deputy commanding general for logistics, delivered that message and read Psalm 91 from the Bible during his remarks as a reference for assisting with spiritual readiness.
"Our Army leadership doctrine talks about beliefs and how important it is," he said. "The ultimate test in our profession is if the situation requires (us to give) the last measure."
"He summed it all up; how our military lives relate and reflect our spiritual fitness," said Sgt. 1st Class Donald Hamilton, platoon sergeant, Company D, 3-82nd General Support Aviation Battalion. "It was very enlightening."
"The message really uplifted me as I reflected on my life and my spiritual fitness," said Army Cpl. Curtis Whittaker, finance non-commissioned officer, 726th Finance Battalion.
Anderson began his remarks by thanking those in attendance for their voluntary service to their nation and reminded everyone of the blessings, freedoms and privileges they have.
"We are called to defend freedom. As Soldiers, we are called to protect the things that our nation and families hold dear, we are privileged to serve alongside our nation's greatest resources - our sons and daughters," Anderson said. "We are guided by our ethos, which shape how we carry out our mission."
Several service members expressed their excitement about the message and how it affected them personally and professionally. The Enduring Faith Gospel Choir performed two songs of encouragement emphasizing Anderson's message.
"Just like he said, it's a privilege to serve," said Chap. (Maj.) Terry Simmons, Enduring Faith Gospel service chaplain.
"I think we should always be forward-thinking and ready to account for anything we may face in life," said Chief Warrant Officer Drayton L. Gilyard, maintenance control officer, Company B, Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.
The 82nd Brass Quintet closed the program with a jazz-style version of "Amazing Grace."