Chaplain Corps brings heart to the flight line
MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Airmen of the Chaplain Corps provided free food to maintenance personnel during a “Hearts on the Flight Line” event here, Sept. 28.
The Chaplain Corps coordinated the program to reach out and lift up the spiritual, social, psychological and emotional well-being of Airmen by serving them hot plates of spaghetti, rolls and various desserts for each shift –daytime, evening and midnight—ensuring everyone had a chance to get food.
“It’s definitely a great break for us since we are always in a rush to eat and get back out on the flight line to accomplish the mission,” said Airman 1st Class Dylan Seagroves, a 14th Aircraft Maintenance Unit aircraft armament systems technician. “Being able to have a hot, home-cooked meal that is ready and waiting for you once in a while is very nice.”
Master Sgt. Judy Khamphan, a 35th Fighter Wing chaplain program administrative assistant, said she believes it was beneficial in letting Airmen know they are cared for.
“I think it helps them feel noticed and shows somebody cares for them,” Khamphan said. “I know when I was single and living in the dorms, a home cooked meal was something I always looked forward to.”
She added the event helps chaplains ensure Airmen are doing well, which is something that can be missed if they only communicate through social media or online.
“Seeing their faces is a good way of seeing if they are doing okay, instead of interacting through an email,” Khamphan said. “As senior noncommissioned officers, we work behind a desk a lot, but when we go out to physically see them, we sometimes notice things we can bring up with that Airman and talk about what is going on with them.”
Khamphan said during meal times, Airmen were able to mingle with other shops in their flight, as well as interact with their leadership. The informal setting allowed for everyone to be themselves and to get to know the chaplain and their assistants.
“We just want them to know the chaplain corps is out here,” Khamphan said. “No matter what time, we are here for them, and nothing they bring to us is too big or too small. We’re here to lend an ear for them.”