Photo By Sgt. Duncan Brennan | Capt. Anselmo Brillon, chaplain, listens as a member of Task Force Saber, 101st Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, talks to him at the Forward Operating Base Miami chapel during TF Saber's February rotation to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.
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FORT IRWIN, Calif. – Chaplains are often the spiritual centers for their units, but each individual chaplain brings a unique and personal twist on their duties.
Capt. Anselmo Brillon,Task Force Sabre chaplain, brings a calm passion as he ministers to the soldiers of his squadron.
Brillon, a native of San Diego, Calif., began his Army career in 1998 as a personnel specialist and stayed in that field for six-and-a-half years. Despite his dedication to the job, Brillon felt that he was meant for something else.
“I felt the call to aspire to become a chaplain prior to the Army,” said Brillon. “I felt the call, but did not know how to go about it.”
Ministering to soldiers is no easy task. Soldiers come from all religious and socio-economic backgrounds, and the chaplains corps tries to take care of the individual soldier's needs no matter how he or she believes.
“You have to make room for people to practice their beliefs,” said Brillon. “You have to overcome the barriers of religion by preparing for the individual soldiers and their different spiritual needs. I try to help people where they are in their beliefs and walks of life and try to build them up.”
Keeping the spirits of soldiers up is no easy task as service members face a fast-paced operation schedule when deployed or training up for deployments. Not only do the rigors of being in the Army weigh on soldiers, but also trying to take care of families back home.
“I have a degree in marriage and family counseling,” said Brillon. “ I have a passion for marriages and seeing them work.”
Ministering to his soldiers, Brillon, a soft-spoken man, conveys a genuine love for his chosen career field.
“I think with any calling, with any passion it is not something anyone can just jump in and do,” said Brillon. “You have to feel called to minister to soldiers. I love ministering to soldiers and I think the soldiers see that.”
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