In 1997, U.S. Army Chaplain Corp member, Joseph J. Gallick Jr., stepped down from active duty, when he became the priest at the Albanian Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Natick, MA. During this time, he also was attached to units in Londonderry, NH and Hanscom Air Force Base. Prior to his time in Natick, Gallick had stints in Fort Carson, Colorado, and Hanau, Germany, where he spent three years in 1990-1993. He also spent time in the Persian Gulf, arriving just as the first war was starting. While his unit was never deployed, he helped prepare other units for deployment, and recalled, he would often be the last person to say good-bye, wishing the men and women a safe return. He was with the 655th ASG in Fort Drum, NY, when the U.S. invaded Afghanistan. He spent a month in Afghanistan (January-February 2005), as the military needed an Orthodox Priest to conduct services for the units. He retired in 2009 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
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 September 11, 2001. He later served a six month tour in Afghanistan, celebrating the High Holy Days, Thanksgiving and Hanukah.
U.S. Air Force 1991–0000
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 US 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. David is currently a Major in the USAF Reserve and expects to be sent back to Afghanistan in the fall of 2009.