Joseph J. Gallick

U.S. Army 1986–2009


Joseph “Father Joe” Gallick wanted to serve in the military because his relatives did so during World War II. An ordained priest with the Orthodox Church, he began his career with the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps in 1986. Gallick would serve in a variety of units, both stateside and overseas, including Afghanistan, during his 23-year career in active duty and the Reserves, retiring in 2009 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.



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Laurence Bazer

U.S. Army 1989–0000


Laurence Bazer became a chaplain in the United States Army in 1989 and served in the New York States National Guard in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He later served a six-month tour in Afghanistan, celebrating the High Holy Days, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.


Rabbi Bazer lights the Menorah at a ceremony in the White House


Rabbi Bazer in Afghanistan


Rabbi Bazer celebrates Hanukkah in Afghanistan


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David S. Ball

U.S. Air Force 1991–2017


As an ICU and Emergency Room nurse, David Ball had experience. He also had friends who were Air Force flight nurses and, wanting to make a difference, he joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves in 1991. With 18 years in the Reserves as a Flight Nurse, his duties have taken David to Kosovo in 1999, Afghanistan in 2003, and Iraq in 2005. In this interview, he offers insight into the duties of the Flight Nurse and technicians. He also talks about the heartache of transporting a seriously injured soldier and the humanitarian mission to save a young boy in need of a heart transplant.


Kosovo, 1999


David Ball in a C-141, Afghanistan, 2003


Iraq, 2006

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