Provide strategic and inspirational leadership that best reflects the qualities and traditions of the Citizen-Warrior ethos and accurately reflects the U.S. Army's intent as we facilitate our Unit Ministry Teams in providing relevant, unifying and enabling religious support to our US Army Reserve Family.


Supporting and serving a U.S. Army Reserve Family that is spiritually and morally strong.

Brig. Gen. Andrew Harewood, deputy chief of chaplains, U.S. Army Reserve, shares how he continues to be an inspiration to the military and civilian community. From humble beginnings as an enlisted Soldier and civilian pastor to becoming a senior military leader, he's always finding ways to motivate those around him. Video directed by Tim Yao; camera by Colton Huston
Army Reserve Aviation Command Chaplain (Col.) Douglas W. Hedrick talks about the importance of maintaining relationships. "Love is rooted in actions. Feelings come and go based on circumstances. But loving someone is a daily choice."
CH Col Doug Hedrick, Command Chaplain of the Army Reserve Aviation Command, shares the importance of gratitude and a healthy perspective on life.
U.S. Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Andrew Harewood, Deputy Chief of Chaplains from Washington, D.C., gives a speech during Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX) 91-21-01 June 11, 2021, at Fort Hunter Liggett, California.


At this time of year, we often think of ways to reset our intentions and undertake ways to move toward our goals.  For example, one way we might move toward physical goal of increased health and increasing ACFT score, is committing to something like the Double Eagle Fitness Challenge! With intentional action and discipline, in the areas of movement, sleep, and nutrition you can meet physical goals, and enhance your physical health. The same is true for Spiritual Health! With intentional thought and discipline, you can build a path toward greater spiritual strength which results in “qualities a person needs in times of hardship, stress, or tragedy.” (FM 7-22, 10-1) Additionally, greater spiritual health promotes strengthened sense of connection, identity, and purpose. Through consistent and intentional dedication to a series of “spiritual disciplines,” you will become spiritually strong.

Spiritual Disciplines

The spiritual disciplines can be adapted and integrated into any religion or belief system and will be valuable to you regardless of if you are religious or not! Just like with physical activity you may want to build a variety of practices into your spiritual fitness routine. They will help build a well-rounded spirit!

  1. Fasting. Fasting is often connected with connected with food. For example, Muslims around the world will observe Ramadan from 10 March through 08 April 2024. Ramadan includes a fasting from food from sunup through sundown.  However, you can also “fast” other things. For example, you can practice fasting from social media for a period. You can participate in “Dry January” giving up alcohol for a month. Christians around the world will observe Lent 14 February through 30 March 2024. One of the main practices of Lent is abstaining from something, such as a particular food (such as desert or red meat), or giving up some “thing” like TV watching etc. Fasting from something doesn’t mean it is bad! Fasting builds spiritual strength and freedom by helping you build healthy relationships with everything, so you are not being controlled by anything.
  1. Simplicity. The practice of simplicity builds spiritual strength by making space from freedom and generosity. The discipline of simplicity focuses on letting go of things we do not need or do not serve us. Practically, this may look like decluttering, weeding out our closet, clearing out that storage locker or garage (and NOT refilling it). Mentally, it may be letting go of negativity or things in the past. It may mean limiting the busyness of our lives, so we can enjoy the freedom simplicity brings. As we move into this freedom, we build spiritual strength by practicing generosity toward others, instead of keeping resources only for ourselves, and enjoying the blessings we have.  
  1. Stillness. In our busy fast paced world, practicing stillness maybe one of the most difficult disciplines we have, but embrace the challenge. Find 15-30 minutes to just sit…no activity, no noise, no agenda, just sit and breathe. If you are constantly rushing from place to place, your experience of life may become shallow and anxious. Stillness allows us to collect ourselves, promoting reflection and physical health. As you consistently practice stillness, you build a mental and emotional depth contributing to overall spiritual fitness and strength!
  1. Meditation. The discipline of meditation is a practice of reading and reflecting on books and teachings that can build your spiritual strength. These could be sacred scripture such as the Bible, Talmud, or Koran, or literary works Meditations by Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations or Stoicism and the Art of Happiness by Donald Robertson. The discipline of meditation can enhance your ability to think through difficult issues, develop wisdom and discernment and gives you spiritual energy!

In the same way a consistent habit of diverse physical training is necessary for optimum health, consistent spiritual training will develop your internal fortitude. Strength, whether physical or spiritual, must be developed over time with intentionality and consistency so you will be ready when the testing time comes!

Help is available when you need it most. Army Emergency Relief (AER) is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to active and retired Soldiers and their dependents when there’s a legitimate need. AER funds are quickly distributed to Soldiers and dependents to overcome financial hardships.
The Army Reserve Family Program is dedicated to education, training, awareness, outreach, information, referral, and follow-up. The ARFP website is your one-stop shop to get connected with Army Reserve family support information and resources.
Building Strong and Ready Teams
Building Strong and Ready Teams (BSRT) is the Army’s premier moral and ethical, relationship enhancement training program, enabling commanders and Unit Ministry Teams to enhance Soldier and Family spiritual readiness through an integrated and approved command religious support plan. BSRT is a program with adjustable formats, relevant curricula and engaging training material. BSRT will expand relationship skill building to include organizational relationships of all types: friendships, community partnerships as well as marriage and family relationships. BSRT is an integrated part of Holistic Health and Fitness, building spiritual readiness through tailored training designed to meet unit specific needs.
Harnesses the skill, expertise and generosity of volunteer mental health professionals across the country to serve Soldiers in need. You can find a provider online at
Hospital and Family Life USAR Chaplains: 
U.S. Army Reserve Command has a list of Chaplain's who have the 7R (Hospital) and/or 7K (Family Life) Skill Identifier. If you (the Chaplain) would like to consult with such a Chaplain for guidance and assistance in this regard, please contact your Command Chaplain.
Military One Source 24/7 Assistance: 1-800-342-9647 
Military One Source from the Department of Defense is your 24/7 gateway to trusted information, resources and confidential help. When MilLife happens, it’s your “first line of support” — giving service members and military families tools to stay well and thrive. \Military One Source provides a single gateway to responsive Family Crisis Assistance, available 24/7, 365 days a year for all USAR Soldiers. It provides a unit and community based solution to connect people to people. By pinpointing Families-in-need and local community resources, the AR can quickly connect the Soldier Family and resources thus providing installation-commensurate services in the geographic location of the crisis.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)

The Battle Buddy App:
The USAR Battle Buddy application for smart phones, a free download for both iPhone and Android platforms, is an under-utilized resource in the fight against Soldier Suicide. It serves as a quick reference on several helpful topics, to include Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Emotional Trauma, Financial Crisis, and Suicidal Ideations. The app will dial the Fort Family Suicide Hotline with the press of a button. It also will walk a Battle Buddy through the Ask/Care/Escort (ACE) protocol and provides valuable information.
If you have a USAR Soldier who is unemployed or underemployed, contact your nearest Private-Public Partnership Office (P3O):
Veterans Crisis Line: For Crisis Response (24/7) 1-800-273-8255 (press 1) or TEXT 838255
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. The caring, qualified responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances.

U.S. Army Reserve Psychological Health Program (PHP): has services for commanders, Soldiers and their Families.
4710 Knox Street
Fort Bragg, North Carolina 

**In case of an emergency during after office hours, please contact the US Army Reserve Command's Operation Center at 910-570-9750/9751.

May God make your year a happy one!
Not by shielding us from all sorrows and pain,
But by strengthening us to bear it, as it comes;
Not by making our path easy,
But by making us sturdy to travel any path;
Not by taking hardships from us,
But by taking fear from our heart;
Not by granting us unbroken sunshine,
But by keeping our face bright, even in the shadows;
Not by making our life always pleasant,
But by showing us when people and their causes need us most,
and by making us anxious to be there to help.
God's love, peace, hope and joy to us for the year ahead.

- Author Unknown; Adapted by Debra Mooney