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    Chaplains conduct Change of Stole in Reserve Command

    Chaplains conduct Change of Stole in Reserve Command

    Photo By Maj. Melodie Tafao | Brig. Gen. Timothy Connelly, Commanding General of the 9th Mission Support Command,...... read more read more



    Story by Maj. Melodie Tafao 

    9th Mission Support Command

    Honolulu, Hawaii - Most Soldiers are familiar with a Change of Command, a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding officer to another. But the Chaplain Core has a slight variation to that.

    “The Change of Stole is a ceremony that takes place between chaplains that hold the title of command,” said Staff Sgt. Keisha Kuffel, Senior Religious Affairs Non-Commissioned Officer for the 9th Mission Support Command. “It is more of a tradition within the Chaplain Corps that signifies essentially what a Change of Responsibility ceremony would. The outgoing chaplain is relinquishing their roles, tasks and responsibilities over to the incoming chaplain or passing over the spiritual baton or leadership from one chaplain to another.”

    Brig. General Timothy Connelly, commanding general of the 9th MSC hosted the Change of Stole ceremony for incoming Command Chaplain, Col. Charles Causey from outgoing Command Chaplain, Col. Charles “Chuck” E. Lynde on Oct. 28, 2019 at Fort Shafter Flats, Honolulu.

    Lynde has been the 9th MSC Command Chaplain since 2013. The 9th MSC thanks him for his service and spiritual guidance to the command and wishes him the best of luck in his retirement.

    “Chaplain Chuck Lynde has performed admirably here,” Causey said. “As I transition to assume his previous role as command chaplain of the 9th MSC, it is very evident that during his six years here, he has gone above and beyond the call of duty, and given sacrificial service to this military community regardless of race or faith.”

    The 9th MSC also welcomes incoming Command Chaplain, Col. Causey. Prior to his current assignment as the Command Chaplain for the 9th MSC, Causey was the Garrison Chaplain at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and served in Washington D.C. at the Department of the Army Chief of Chaplains Office (at the Pentagon and at Fort Belvoir, Virginia) for six years working as the chaplain candidate manager and the chaplain career manager.

    “I am honored to receive the position of command chaplain at such a prestigious command and from an incredibly dedicated chaplain,” said Causey. “As I step into this position, I am thrilled to lead the religious support mission here at the 9th MSC. I am thankful for the support of Brig. Gen. Timothy Connelly who conducted our Change of Stole ceremony, and I am mindful of a passage which is a promise for every member of the command from Isaiah 41:9-10 that declares, ‘You are my servant. I have chosen you and not rejected you. Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’"

    Welcome, Chaplain Causey, to the Pride of the Pacific!



    Date Taken: 10.28.2019
    Date Posted: 12.08.2019 18:51
    Story ID: 354716
    Location: HONOLULU, HI, US 

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