March 12, 2013 --
CAMP KINSER, Japan - Approximately 40 Marines and sailors attended the quarterly 3rd Marine Logistics Group prayer breakfast March 12 at the Camp Kinser mess hall.
The breakfast’s theme was spiritual leadership, and attendees were challenged to tie spirituality into leadership.
“We chose spiritual leadership as our theme because leadership plays such a huge role in the lives of Marines, and it is important to bridge the two together,” said Lt. Cmdr. Diana A. Lantz, the chaplain for Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd MLG, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
The goal of the prayer breakfast was to show Marines and sailors that leadership and spirituality go hand-in-hand, and one will ultimately need spirituality to develop their leadership skills.
“This breakfast was meant to show the Marines and sailors that spirituality is an important element of who we are as people,” said Lantz. “We need to be able to link our spirituality with our general well-being in order to incorporate that into our leadership.”
Attendees at the breakfast were from a variety of faiths.
“Today, we are expecting everyone who is participating to contribute their own prayers,” said Lantz. “At these breakfasts, we like to have a large range of faith traditions join us.”
The prayer breakfast began with an opening prayer and continued with musical selections played by Marines.
“I have been playing the guitar at the Kinser Chapel for a few months now and was honored when Chaplain Lantz invited me to play at the breakfast,” said Lance Cpl. Aaron C. Guilliams, a motor vehicle operator with CLR-35. “I think the Marines and sailors got a lot out of today. More individuals should take the time to attend these breakfasts when they have the opportunity.”
Among the participants to speak was Brig. Gen. Niel E. Nelson, the commanding general of 3rd MLG, who spoke to the Marines and sailors about connecting their core values with their respective faiths.
“As Marines, we are confident in what we do because we have our faith and work hard as individuals,” said Nelson. “If you have faith in yourself, it will make us as a Marine Corps even better.”
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