Chaplain John the Baptizer

I spent Saturday with Chaplain, Captain John Martinez from the 116th at the Battle Buddy Run. Here’s the day in pictures from our team photographer, Silas Thompson.

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the Battle Buddy run was a non-timed, team event; teams were “sent” into battle about 3 minutes apart.
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Razor wire and barbed wire.
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Do not follow my poor gun safety in real life.
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the foreground is a peaceful autumn picture, the drill Sargent making fun of my push up attempts was not so peaceful.
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Hard to breath through these gas masks standing still, but my battle buddy wouldn’t let me quit.
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At least I get a free shirt for doing this.
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The last time I ate an MRE was in a Haitian jail. “You’re gonna love the Mac. and Cheese.” spoken by the NBC reporter
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Who’s idea was this?
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1… 2… 3… lift!
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“Don’t shoot ’till you see the white of their eyes.”
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Safety First!
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“What happens if the rope snaps?”
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I’m going to sit down over here and cry for a moment.

This is what it’s like to spend the day with the chaplain. It was clear throughout the day that I was with a man who cares for the soldiers and he’s respected by the soldiers… but most of all he knows how to end the day better than any chaplain I know…

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