Wolf Pack comes together for National Prayer Breakfast
KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Approximately 200 members of the 8th Fighter Wing and ROK Air Force 38th Fighter Group joined together for Kunsan's 2015 National Prayer Breakfast here Feb. 6.
"We have a rich heritage of faith-filled individuals and leaders who cherished their religious freedom and exercised their faith daily in prayer," said Maj. Jonathan Hurt, 8 FW deputy wing chaplain during opening remarks. "We are very happy to celebrate that heritage with you today."
During the breakfast, three Wolf Pack Airmen each recited a prayer they had personally composed in their own faith traditions, covering the themes of "our nation," "our deployed," and "our families."
"I pray you give guidance, clarity and courage to our president and those who follow him as they make decisions affecting our nation's future," prayed Airman 1st Class Alexis Rognholt, 8th Maintenance Squadron inspection phase technician. "I pray that you continue to lead us with our friendly ROKAF neighbors to peace, and that our nations continue to grow together."
Pfc. Soo Ho Lee, Korean Augmentation To the U.S. Army Soldier and U.S. Forces Korea chaplain's assistant, said he enjoyed seeing so many groups of service members gathered together to pray.
"This is a great opportunity for members of the U.S Air Force, U.S. Army and ROK military to come together--officer and enlisted, to pray for both of our nations and remind ourselves of our spiritual support for each other," he said.
Col. Eric J. Albertson, United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and USFK command chaplain, visited Kunsan from U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan to deliver keynote remarks on "serving with integrity."
"Excellent leadership all comes down to integrity," he said. "When the sun sets on our earthly lives, we will either be an example to follow, or a warning to others. If you continue down the road of doing the right thing, you will fall in love with the good, and you will appreciate it for its own rewards. It brings a sense of inner peace and generates self-confidence and conviction. There is joy in knowing you set the right example."
Staff Sgt. Larnell Smith, 8th MXS crash recovery team member, described how he took Albertson's remarks to heart.
"His passion for unwavering integrity encourages me to take his words back to my Airmen," he said. "We should each be an example to follow."
Albertson closed his remarks by encouraging service members to emulate the heroes of America's history.
"My favorite Army quote comes from a situation where Soldiers are about to split up in battle before taking a hill," he said. "They tell each other, 'See you on the high ground.' My prayer is that I see you on the 'high ground' in this life."