U.S. Army Europe chaplain encourages American Soldiers supporting Kosovo mission to persevere through deployment

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
March 18, 2010

CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo -- U.S. Army Europe's command chaplain gave a boost to American Soldiers supporting the continuing NATO mission here when he paid a visit to the Kosovo Force here March 17 to discuss persevering through deployment.

Chaplain (Col.) Charles R. Bailey addressed the Soldiers during a prayer breakfast with about 40 Soldiers from Multi-National Battle Group-East at the group's headquarters.

During the breakfast, Bailey spoke about how important it is for servicemembers deployed here for the current KFOR rotation to remain resolute in their duties. Their rotation -- KFOR 12 -- recently passed its halfway point.

"If you put all the experience in this room together, it would be staggering," the chaplain said. "Each of us has had -- or is going to have -- challenges in our life when the resources aren't there to help.

"Everything can be persevered, though, if you hold on long enough," he added.

Brig. Gen. Al Dohrmann, commanding general of MNBG-E, said the theme of perseverance was a great message for the deployed troops.

"Perseverance is very important as we continue to get things done every day," Dohrmann told the Soldiers attending the breakfast. "We have been in a constant state of change since we arrived, and as leaders in this organization I want to challenge you to finish strong."

"Encourage our Soldiers and give them the strength they need to persevere and complete the mission," the general said.