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Why Are You Here?

William Chomos

I can remember back to my first assignment as a Private in the 8th Maintenance Battalion in Hanau, Germany when my Chaplain asked me, "Why are you here?" I stared at him for what seemed like an eternity, when he finally broke the silence and said, "Think about it?"

This question bothered me for some time. I thought about it off and on for the next couple of years, but never really came up with an answer. At the time I was only 18 years old and fresh out of High School. Sure, I had been raised Catholic and thought I knew what it meant to be saved. My recruiter told me that my job in the Army was to go to the field and pass out doughnuts.

It wasn't until 1996 in Jerusalem, Israel of all places that I figured out why I was in the Army. It's also where I figured out why I was on this planet.

I was standing on the Mount of Olives listening to the story of Jesus weeping over Jerusalem for the 100th time (I was still confused, I thought I was a Holy Land Tour Guide at the time) when it dawned on me. The reason I was here was not to bring doughnuts to the soldiers or to lead them through tours of the Holy Land. My job was to bring them good news, hope, and a new outlook on life.

Sure, I always want to be recognized as just another soldier. Everyone wants to fit in. But I also want to be recognized as a special soldier with more to offer than just doughnuts. Through my actions and words I hope that all soldiers will not only respect me as a Noncommissioned Officer but more importantly as a Christian. So I invite everyone to get involved with your Chapel Programs and let's all answer that question "Why are we here?"

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