Sunday, January 22, 2006

The beginning

I see so many people making these blogs that I thought I would try my hand at it. If nothing else it will serve as a good journal for me to remember my experiences. I know that there are many soldiers telling their story on blogspots. In fact one of my good chaplain friends has his own. I am not usually very good at writing consistently, hopefully this will help me to have some motivation to keep writing. I would really like to remember all of the things I am and will be up to over the next year or so.

Sorry, we haven't been properly introduced. My name is Chaplain Todd Luken. I serve in the Army as... You guessed it a chaplain. I am in the process of being deployed and I will be serving as Squadron Chaplain for some 600 soldiers for about a year.

I have been in train-up mode for about 2 months now. It is a long and tedious trial and error type of learning. There are several things that have to be accomplished during this time.
Mandatory "training" we like to call it "checking the box" in reality is going over the soldier skills we already know, but we have to prove to the army that we do in fact know it. I have two categories of mandatory training; Soldier skills and chaplain skills. Neither of them are very exciting, mostly because it is so repetitive.

Then there is the working together part the unit I am a part of is made of several different parts from many different states. This can sometimes prove difficult especially when higher leadership refuses to work together. All in all they seem to work together well. My job for this part is simply to get to know everyone. That can take awhile when we are talking literally hundreds of people. You have to be somewhat creative to even meet some people. I have done everything from visiting them during morning calisthenics, to pulling night guard duty with the Joes. This part of the training is the most rewarding for me, mostly because it requires a great deal of creativity. I think it is also the most demanding part of my job, but I know it will be the most important. If anyone here is going to trust me they first have to know who I am. Noone would want to come to someone with a problem if they had never met them before. So I trudge on trying different things to get to know people.

Today I tried a Squadron level party. It didn't go so well. Well I shouldn't say that so much, the people who came enjoyed it enough, it is just that not so many people came. Ah well, back to the drawing board as they say. Hey that would be a good idea...A drawing board. hmmmm. Anyway, I enjoy this part of my job, but I think it is the hardest for me. I am good at making friends, but I am not all that extroverted so I push myself.

I am getting kind of tired so I will leave it off here for now.

CH Luken


Blogger Roland said...

My truest friend and ally,

I like that intro. Call me a softie for the old 'Hobbit' cartoon.

Anyway, keep writing this! I check out the blogs of my friends regularly. And it means less catching up time and more ture fellowship when I am able to talk in a more direct fashion.

I am glad you're here.


3:46 PM  
Blogger dear old dad said...

hey todd, or should i call you chappy
this is dear old dad saying how proud i am of you for stepping up to the plate to protect my back side. by the way....your loving wicked step mother says hi..... too. i will be reading this as often as i can and i will write a little something in it every time i am here. be safe and i will talk to you again soon
love always

dad and nancy

9:45 PM  
Blogger Difster said...

Good day Chaplain Luken! Joel just told me about your blog.

I will be linking to your blog and I look forward to reading your posts.

If you would do me a favor though, if you leave comments on my blog, just call me Dif or Difster. I do try to maintain at least a thin veil of anonymity.

Many blessings to you my friend!

9:53 PM  
Blogger Difster said...

Oh, one more thing, next time you write or speak to your grandma, please give her my best.

10:06 PM  
Blogger Jon Underhill said...

Hey Todd,

It will be awesome to keep in touch with you out there through this blog. How's Anne doing? Keep pushing yourself... I'm like that too.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Unck said...

Hey Brother Todd,

Just got your Blogspot from your Mom last night and I'd like to say that I think that this is an excellent way for us to keep in touch, since I am not a typist nor do I like writing much. So if I write it might just be a few words. But just wanted to let you know that just like your Dad said I am very proud of you and am praying for you every day. But remember to keep the Lord first in your life and learn to lean on Him and trust Him in everything and in all situations even though sometimes that is a hard thing to do.

God Bess
Love Ya,

2:09 PM  

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