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Beale hosts National Prayer Luncheon

Members of Team Beale bow in prayer during the National Prayer Luncheon at the Recce Point Club at Beale Air Force Base Calif., Feb. 16, 2012. The Luncheon was put on by the base chapel staff to promote unity between all faiths. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo/Released)

Members of Team Beale bow in prayer during the National Prayer Luncheon at the Recce Point Club at Beale Air Force Base Calif., Feb. 16, 2012. The Luncheon was put on by the base chapel staff to promote unity between all faiths. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo/Released)

Members of the Beale honor guard prepare the Prisoner Of War/Missing In Action table at the National Prayer Luncheon at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Feb. 16, 2012. Each branch of the military is recognized by their service cap at the remembrance table. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo/Released)

Members of the Beale honor guard prepare the Prisoner Of War/Missing In Action table at the National Prayer Luncheon at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Feb. 16, 2012. Each branch of the military is recognized by their service cap at the remembrance table. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo/Released)

Chaplain (Col.) Gregory L. Tate speaks during the National Prayer Luncheon at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Feb. 16, 2012. Chaplain Tate is the Command Chaplain of Air Combat Command in Joint base Langley-Eustis, Va. and was the guest speaker for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo/Released)

Chaplain (Col.) Gregory L. Tate speaks during the National Prayer Luncheon at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Feb. 16, 2012. Chaplain Tate is the Command Chaplain of Air Combat Command in Joint base Langley-Eustis, Va. and was the guest speaker for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo/Released)

Chaplain (Col.) Gregory L. Tate, Command Chaplain for Air Combat Command, presents Chaplain (Lt. Col.) George T. Youstra, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, with the 2011 ACC Outstanding Medium Chapel Team Award at the National Prayer Luncheon at Beale Air Force Base Calif., Feb. 16, 2012. Chaplain Tate was the guest speaker at the luncheon and was on hand to present the ACC level award to Beale. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo/Released)

Chaplain (Col.) Gregory L. Tate, Command Chaplain for Air Combat Command, presents Chaplain (Lt. Col.) George T. Youstra, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, with the 2011 ACC Outstanding Medium Chapel Team Award at the National Prayer Luncheon at Beale Air Force Base Calif., Feb. 16, 2012. Chaplain Tate was the guest speaker at the luncheon and was on hand to present the ACC level award to Beale. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo/Released)

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."