Beale hosts National Prayer Luncheon
By Satff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo, 9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs
/ Published February 17, 2012
BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., --
Team Beale hosted the annual National Prayer Luncheon at the Recce Point Club Feb. 16.
Air Combat Command's Command Chaplain, Col. Gregory L. Tate was the guest speaker at the "Unity and All Mighty God" themed event.
The National Prayer Luncheon is a tradition that dates back to 1953 during the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. President Eisenhower would join with members of his cabinet and the legislature, as well as his friends, to pray and ask for God's assistance in guiding the nation.
Within the Department of Defense, it is common to see observances of the National Prayer Luncheon held on most military facilities, both at home and oversees.
"In this event, we reaffirm the spiritual foundation upon which our nation is built," read the luncheon's program.
The luncheon featured scripture readings from multiple groups of different faiths to provide an all-encompassing event for the base. The event also featured musical guest Calvary Christian Center Ensemble, who sang songs during the luncheon.
"It was an opportunity for Airmen of all faiths to come together and embrace in unity, plus have a good meal," said Chaplain (Capt.) Hank Hahm, 9th Reconnaissance Wing chapel staff.
Though the event was upbeat and spirited, Tate also discussed suicide among Airmen in the Air Force.
Chaplain Tate spoke of how Airmen can sometimes find themselves in situations that
can be daunting and hopeless but offered words of encouragement.
"You are not alone, [we] will stand by you," said Chaplain Tate. "Whatever it takes, we will get through this together."
Tate added to be "patient wingman", stating that life's challenges aren't solved overnight or in one quick fix.
"Chaplain Tate touched on some serious issues, in ways that were clear, relative and easy to understand," said Staff Sgt. Danielle M. Shaw, 9th Security Forces Squadron. "Overall it was a very positive experience."