During the national conference of the Civil Air Patrol in September 2017, the chaplain corps sponsored and hosted three separate “learning labs” which helped the members of the corps and the members of CAP to learn about the work of CAP chaplains and character development instructors. All three workshops were streamed lived via Facebook Live posts. You can watch the recordings here in this blog.
State of the Chaplain Corps
The first workshop took place on Friday, 1 September, when Chief Emeritus, Chaplain (Colonel) James “Jay” Hughes, hosted the “State of the Chaplain Corps” presentation. During this one-hour event, he was joined by the new Chief of Chaplain Corps, Chaplain (Colonel) Charlie Sattgast, and the outgoing Chief of Chaplain Corps Plans and Programs, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Paul Ward who appeared via teleconferencing.
Meet the New Chief of Chaplain Corps
During the second workshop, also on Friday afternoon, the new Chief of Chaplain Corps, Chaplain (Colonel) Charlie Sattgast gave a presentation on his vision for a “vibrant chaplain corps.” The chief also took questions from the audience of chaplains, character development instructors and CAP members. The corps prayed for the new chief as an emotional ending to this time together.
Future Expectations and Changes for the Mission Chaplain
The third workshop, which occurred on Saturday, 2 September, explored the upcoming changes and expectations for the new Mission Chaplain and Chaplain Support Specialist emergency ratings for corps members. The Connecticut Wing commander asked for a few minutes at the beginning of the hour to show his support for the great work that chaplains and CDIs performed for CAP and the cadet programs. Chaplains (Lt. Col.) Marcus Taylor and Linda Pugsley led the lab that was also streamed.