Spiritual Fitness at a FOB (Forward Operating Base)

I was searching the web the other day and came across this website as I googled “spiritual fitness”. Click on the title below to visit the site. Here is the site intro:

Richards Deployment to Afghanistan

LTC Richard Phillips’ deployment to Afghanistan from January 2007 until ????. I’m Commanding 42 of the finest Soldiers and Airmen in the world here at the Salerno Hospital at FOB Salerno in the Khowst Province of Afghanistan. We have the privilege of providing healthcare to Afghan and US forces as well as Host Nation Civilians/Afghan Nationals.

Here is the entry that talks about spiritual fitness. I was going to post this and provide some of my commentary and perspective. As I read and re-read these simple words I discovered just exactly what I could say to add to this message……..nothing.



And for our spiritual fitness, we have a nice chapel.

All faiths share the same building, so the services are coordinated throughout the weekend.

Lots of people find religion here; maybe it’s the danger, the boredom, or the loneliness. Whatever it is, the best church services I’ve been to have been in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It is strange to go to church with weapons racks in the back of the chapel, and handguns visible everywhere. But it’s nice to go to church without any pretension; no worries about what to wear or what you drive or who you are in the community.

There is a purity and simplicity to worship in a combat zone.

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