Chaplains provide spiritual wellness to Hanscom community

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – The 66th Air Base Group chaplain corps here provides spiritual care for members of the community and their families through religious observances and pastoral care, as well as advising senior leaders on spiritual, ethical, moral, morale and religious accommodation.

In addition to many faith-based programs, chaplains organize non-faith-based programs for those at Hanscom and at geographically separated units.

“All of our programs are geared toward nurturing the spiritual fitness for all our military and civilian personnel and their families,” said Chaplain (Maj.) William Logan, Hanscom’s installation chaplain.

The chapel recently announced two workshops that people are welcome to attend.

A free Marriage Seminar at the chapel Feb. 9 and 10 is open to all those with base access. The two-day event begins on Friday at 6 p.m. with dinner, followed by the seminar’s first session. Attendees will gather again Saturday morning at 8 a.m. for additional sessions that will run through noon.

“Our primary audience for this Marriage Seminar is returning deployers, but anyone interested in attending is welcome,” said Logan. “The seminar is designed to assist couples with managing expectations, improving communication and resolving conflict.”

Another class scheduled is the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, also known as ASIST, March 22 and 23 at the base chapel.

“This free two-day interactive training equips personnel to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety,” he said. “People are our most valuable resource and we are committed to protecting them. This program can help with that.”

Logan has been an ASIST instructor since 2005 and has trained nearly 600 people during that time.

For further information on either of these programs, or to register, contact Logan at 781-225-5501.

The chapel also offers religious education, such as “Connect” each Wednesday at 6 p.m.

“This faith-based weekly event includes dinner and Bible study groups for adults, teens and children,” said Logan.

In addition, chaplains offer counseling with complete and absolute confidentiality.

To see a chaplain, Logan suggests calling 781-225-5501 to schedule an appointment. In the case of an emergency, a chaplain is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week by contacting the Command Post at 781-225-6960.

To learn more about chapel programs, visit the chapel's webpage on the Hanscom public website.