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ASAB HC strengthens spiritual fitness

A new sacred space reserved for service members who practice Wicca and Earth-based religions is located between buildings 439 and 440 at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, Oct. 26, 2020.

A new sacred space reserved for service members who practice Wicca and Earth-based religions is located between buildings 439 and 440 at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, Oct. 26, 2020. Members assigned to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Chaplain Corps established the space to show support for all ASAB personnel in strengthening their spiritual fitness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airmen Monica Roybal)

Chapel attendees pray during a Catholic service at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, Oct. 26, 2020.

Chapel attendees pray during a Catholic service at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, Oct. 26, 2020. Chaplain Corps members aim to provide support for Airmen to exercise their freedom to practice religion or faith. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airmen Monica Roybal)

Items used for an Earth-based faith are placed on a rock in a newly built sacred space at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, Oct. 26, 2020.

Items used for an Earth-based faith are placed on a rock in a newly built sacred space at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, Oct. 26, 2020. The Chaplain Corps works to encourage and uphold the Comprehensive Airman Fitness spiritual pillar no matter where an Airman may be stationed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airmen Monica Roybal)

A newly created sacred space can now be reserved for service members who practice Wicca and Earth-based religions at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, Oct. 26, 2020.

A newly created sacred space can now be reserved for service members who practice Wicca and Earth-based religions at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, Oct. 26, 2020. Chaplain Corps members organized the site implementation so ASAB personnel have the means and support for their faith practices even in a deployed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airmen Monica Roybal)

A U.S. Air Force Airman prays during a Catholic service at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, Sept. 13, 2020.

A U.S. Air Force Airman prays during a Catholic service at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, Sept. 13, 2020. The 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Chaplain Corps provides a variety of services for ASAB members, including Catholic, Protestant, Earth-based religions, bible study, counseling and leadership advisement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airmen Monica Roybal)

ALI AL SALEM AIR BASE, Kuwait --

Members assigned to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Chaplain Corps established a new sacred space reserved for service members who practice Wicca and Earth-based religions at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait. 

Chaplain Corps members organized the site implementation, located between buildings 439 and 440, so ASAB personnel have the means and support for their faith practices even in a deployed location.

“The United States constitution guarantees the right to free exercise of religion and our job is to make sure that all Airmen have the ability, as mission allows, to practice their religion,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Shawn Taylor, 386th AEW HC chaplain. “The spiritual domain is part of Comprehensive Airman Fitness. Every Airman defines that domain for themselves, so they know what spiritual fitness means to them and we’re here to ensure that they’re able to pursue that.”

Taylor explained that Airmen having spiritual support is just as important as having a gym available to stay physically fit, having an education center to further one’s education and stay mentally fit, or social events to help Airmen stay socially fit. He said the Chaplain Corps works hard to encourage and uphold the spiritual fitness pillar no matter where an Airman may be stationed. 

The 386th AEW HC offers a variety of services to ASAB members, including: 

  • Catholic services
  • Protestant services
  • Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints services
  • A Muslim prayer room
  • A Wicca and Earth-based sacred space
  • Bible study
  • 100% confidential counseling
  • Leadership advisement

For a full list of Chapel services or to reserve the new sacred space, follow: https://orgs.asab.afcent.af.mil/afcent/wings/386/spstf/HC/Pages/default/aspx