Tiger Brigade Observes National Day of Prayer in Baghdad

Story and photos by Spc. Amy L. Barber
256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team public affairs
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq — Louisiana National Guard Soldiers with the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), came together in observance of the National Day of Prayer May 6 at the Iron Oasis dining facility here.

Lt. Col. Keith N. Goode, deputy chaplain with United States Forces-Iraq and a Houston, Texas, native, delivered a message to Soldiers regarding their struggles in theater.

“Today is a time for prayer here; for ourselves, our Families, our communities and those with whom we work,” he said.

Goode delivered his sermon in a colorful manner with the use of a rock and a balloon for symbolism.

“When we compare ourselves to others, it’s about who is a rock and who is a balloon. If they both fall together, which one hits the ground the hardest,” he said, as both objects fell to the ground.

"I was very blessed by the message,” said Staff Sgt. Martinique M. Swift, the noncommissioned officer-in-charge of automation with the 256TH IBCT and a Pineville, La., native. “The sermon was very enlightening and gave me the peace of mind necessary to help me deal with my daily duties."

“The point was to bring renewed hope and faith,” said Sgt. 1st Class Cedric S. High, the noncommissioned officer-in-charge of paralegal services with the 256th IBCT and a Leesville, La., native. “Chaplain Goode’s message has strengthened my hope while in theater.”

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Sgt. 1st Class Cedric S. High, noncommissioned officer-in-charge of paralegal services with the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and a Leesville, La., native, and other Soldiers with the 256th IBCT listen to a prayer service in observance of the National Day of Prayer May 6 at the Iron Oasis dining facility at Camp Liberty, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Amy L. Barber)

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Staff Sgt. Martinique M. Swift, the noncommissioned officer-in-charge of automation with the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and a Pineville, La., native, listens to a prayer message May 6 at the Iron Oasis dining facility at Camp Liberty, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Amy L. Barber)

 

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Maj. James R. Williams, Jr. (right), the logistics officer with 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and a Maurice, La., native, and Master Sgt. Damon P. Hebert, the noncommissioned officer-in-charge of plans with 256th IBCT and an Erath, La., native, give their respect at the end of a prayer service in observance of the National Day of Prayer May 6 at the Iron Oasis dining facility at Camp Liberty, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Amy L. Barber)

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Lt. Col. Keith N. Goode, deputy chaplain with United States Forces-Iraq and a Houston, Texas, native, speaks to Soldiers about their struggles in theater during a service in observance of the National Day of Prayer May 6 at the Iron Oasis dining facility at Camp Liberty, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Amy L. Barber)