Tech. Sgt. Deng Pour sits in a nondescript office at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, surrounded by maps of the Middle East.
In others’ hands the drab room could feel cold and detached, and yet a warmth fills throughout the cramped space.
“When I joined the military it shaped me to be who I am today,” Pour said. “It helped me to grow as a young man and allowed me to give back to the country that helps people around the world.”
Pour, deployed to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing for the second time.
“When I came here before, the amount of active duty personnel was larger. Now it seems like 70 or 80 percent of the personnel here are reservists, so there’s a difference,” said Pour, a chaplain’s assistant with the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Chapel. “A lot of people never get deployed. That’s why we are seeing a lot of Airmen come in here to talk to someone.”
Pour understands the need for the military to provide religious affairs services and has a unique perspective on the importance of being able to build relationships, trust, perseverance, and to put people at ease.