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944 FW Chaplain team wins 5 of 5 awards

Col. Bryan Cook (left), 944th Fighter Wing commander, presents the 2017 Air Force Reserve Command Chaplain Corps Awards to the 944 FW Chaplain team during a commander's call, May 5.

Col. Bryan Cook (left), 944th Fighter Wing commander, presents the 2017 Air Force Reserve Command Chaplain Corps Awards to the 944 FW Chaplain team during a commander's call, May 5. Accepting the awards on behalf of the team were (from left) Chaplain (Capt.) Matthew Wilson, deputy wing chaplain, Chaplain (Capt.) Daniel Llorente, and Tech Sgt. Ian Takashige, chaplain's assistant. Wilson, along with Staff Sgt. Brianna Creveling, 944 FW chaplain's assistant, received individual awards for excellence while the unit received awards in the following categories; Ministry of Presence, Outstanding Chaplain Corps Program, and Chaplain Corps Readiness.

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- The chaplain team from the 944th Fighter Wing brought home five out five award categories for the 2017 U.S. Air Force Reserve Command Chaplain Corps Awards.

The three categories for unit awards included Ministry of Presence, Outstanding Chaplain Corps Program, and Chaplain Corps Readiness. Individual Excellence awards were also presented to Chaplain (Capt.) Matthew Wilson, 944 FW deputy wing chaplain, and Staff Sgt. Brianna Creveling, 944 FW chaplain's assistant.

“The first responsibility for chaplains is defending all Airmen’s First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion," said Wilson.

Not only does he want to ensure Airmen have the freedom to practice any faith but to ensure they are able to practice their own specific faith.

Wilson also expressed his gratefulness for receiving such a high level of support from the 944th leadership enabling the Chaplains team to focus on the mental, emotional, and spiritual fitness of the Airmen.
"We’ve been able to go with the units on their Annual Tours and spend time with them," said Wilson. "We were able to go through the [units] and get to know people because the commanders have opened their doors to us.”

“Our Chaplain team is an extremely talented and compassionate group that really cares about the individuals in this wing” said Col Bryan Cook, 944 FW commander. “It is not surprising to anyone here that they swept the awards this year.”

While the Chaplain team is appreciative of the recognition, they feel the awards are simply a byproduct of their passion for the care of the Airmen with which they have been given charge.

“I believe God has blessed us with an incredible team where all of us have the same passion and we are all excited about putting on the uniform," said Wilson. "It is a privilege to get to spend time with our wing and with our units."