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Leadership for a lifetime
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Fort Knox, Ky.


Zeroing in

on their future

Commanders column
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Up to their necks

Cadets plunge into combat water survival training

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Man on a mission

Cadets learn the basics of rifle marksmanship

Pages 6 & 7
Voices of experience... Mmmm good...

Chaplain brings personal approach to ministry

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Distiguished leaders to share real-world advice Page 8

Cadets get their first taste of meals-ready-to-eat Page 3


Friday, June 23, 2006

Chaplain gives ministry personal touch

Staff writer

Chaplain Maj. James Linzey runs with Cadets early in the morning while they do their physical training. He eats alongside them as they break for lunch or dinner. Linzey doesnt run with them because he wants to get into better physical shape, and he doesnt dine with them because he loves the taste of the dining facility food. Linzey takes the initiative to actively involve himself with the Cadets because he hopes to assist them spiritually during the Leaders Training Course. By running with Cadets or eating with them, Linzey feels they will see the pastoral support he is giving them and help keep them motivated. I like to be very hands-on, Linzey said. I run with the Cadets during PT, I eat with them. I try to be there for them as much as possible. This summer is the first time LTC has a designated chaplain over the program. Linzey said he feels his dedicated involvement will help Cadets during their stay at Fort Knox. Linzey is specifically in charge of working with Co. C 1/46th Inf. and Co. A 1/46th Inf., but still oversees all five companies that will attend the summer program. He is the chief

chaplain of LTC and supervises the other chaplains who will work directly with the other three companies. While at LTC, Linzey will conduct religious services without regard to a Cadets denomination, Bible studies, communion in services and religious counseling. His aboveand-beyond involvement helps him gain the trust of the Cadets, which he feels is imperative for their success at the course. Linzey said it is necessary to relate to Cadets on a human level, rather then have them only see him as a supervisor. It doesnt bother him to open the door for a Cadet or hand them their plates in the food line, because he knows his honest care for the Cadets will motivate them to stay positive. As a professional guitar player and singer, Linzey also uses his music in worship services. His contemporary worship and Southern gospel music has been popular in his congregation as a civilian minister. He has recorded two CDs and is working on his third in Nashville. Linzeys dedication makes him go beyond the programs required ministry of presence, where he is only directed to be with the Cadets during designated times. Linzey is only required to show up to some activities the Cadets participate

The Linzey file

Chaplain James F. Linzey
RANK: Major HOMETOWN: San Diego EDUCATION: Holds a bachelor of arts degree in religion from Vanguard University of Southern California, a masters of divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., and an honorary doctorate of divinity from Kingsway Theological Seminary in Des Moines, Iowa EXPERIENCE: Twenty years of Reserves and National Guard service, two years as senior pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Anaheim, Calif., three years of various associate and youth pastor positions, 11 years total of various pastoral experience, host of television show Operation Freedom, author of three books: A Divine Appointment in Washington D.C ., The Holy Spirit and Moral Leadership , recorded two CDs: You Were Always There and Narrow Road , and featured on a compilation CD, When the World Turns to God

Photo by James Calvert

Chaplain Maj. James Linzey introduces himself to a Cadet during in-processing.

in and be available if they need to talk to him. Yet, he often gets the Cadets refreshments during their worship services, offers them good-night prayers in the barracks and provides morale boosters when possible. Meeting religious needs helps Cadets focus on their mission, Linzey said. And the chaplain plays a pivotal role in assisting Cadets signing up to be officers. Linzey has been a chaplain for 20 years while serving in both the Army Reserves and National Guard. Some of his honors and awards include being a published author, appearances on Trinity and Daystar Christian Television Networks and conducting joint military leadership training at Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va. As the first chaplain chosen to oversee LTC, Linzey said he feels the program will improve greatly. In the past, they borrowed chaplains outside of LTC and focuses were divided, Linzey said. They couldnt provide comprehensive religious support, and the Cadets religious needs were not met.

Cadets take religious service into their own hands

Staff writer

The Cadets of Co. C. 1/46th Inf. have reached the halfway point, and some are finding strength and peace of mind through Scripture and prayer. Cadet Salvatore Sciacca led a Cadet-run service for about 20 Cadets Tuesday evening. Chaplain Maj. James Linzey said the Cadets were so motivated by their first service, they decided to have a 15minute service every Tuesday and Thursday in addition to the services the chaplain has already scheduled through the

companys training officers. Sciacca, a junior international business major from the University of Scranton, was recruited by Linzey to lead the service because Linzey had a schedule conflict. However, Linzey supplied refreshments for the service. I wanted to be extra nice to the Cadets, he said. Wherever Jesus was, there was food. Sciacca has been an altar server since the first grade, so he said it was not much of a stretch to lead the service. He said it is important to have these services to give the

body time to relax and unwind. The body can only handle so much, he said. We get smoked by the drill sergeants a lot, and you can only turn to your battle buddy for so long. Faith pulls you through, and the services provide a time to read passages, find personal strength and relax. Sciacca chose Psalm 23 for the service in order to help motivate stressed Cadets. Jillyan George, from Michigan State University, said the service provided a time to meet with other Cadets who understand just how strenuous the course can be.

Its a comfort to come to the services because it gives you a chance to forget where you are, she said. Being able to talk to people who understand and are going through the same things you are helps a lot. As Sciacca opened the service up for comment, he told the Cadets to go a day at a time and find strength through prayer. Were all away from home, he said. Remember that Gods got your back, so if you feel stressed and dont know where to turn read a passage, and you will find your strength.

Photo by Ariane R. Cavin

Cadet Andrew Jewkes, of the University of Utah, reads a passage from his Bible.

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A look at Eastern Region happenings

FRIDAY Sept. 29, 2006

Summer School

LTC 2006 puts Cadets on path to leadership

The Leaders Training Course graduated 1,102 Cadets this summer from Fort Knox. Most of the Cadets arrived at Fort Knox raw college students with no experience with the military or ROTC. During the four-week course they were introduced to the basics of military life such as drill and ceremony and PT. Their leadership skills were challenged and enhanced in training situations such as squad tactics and field training exercises. Personal fears were overcome in the combat water survival and rappelling training. Pages 5 and 6 show a sample of the Cadets in action. More photos and copies of the courses newspaper can be found at

Above, A Cadet hangs his Army Values tag during an LTC guidon ceremony

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Sept. 29, 2006

News Leader

Chaplain scores perfect on APFT

Maj. James Linzey defies stereotype of chaplains as physically soft
Eastern Region

When hes not recording a new Christian album or strumming his guitar at his sermons, Chaplain James Linzey strives to improve his level of physical fitness. Maj. Linzey recently received the Army physical fitness excellence patch after scoring a 300 on his Army physical fitness test. A 300 signifies a perfect score. This is one of the highest goals Ive ever tried to achieve, Linzey said. This accomplishment is gratifying because I achieved the best that could be achieved. My ambition is that this will motivate present and future chaplains to do the same. Linzey, a chaplain of 21 years who served as chaplain for this summers Leaders Training Course, was able to achieve such an award at age 47 and helped break the out-of-shape stereotype that surrounds chaplains. Linzey, who scored a 279 on his last Army physical fitness test, said he set out to achieve a perfect score because he has always been close. He knew if he trained hard enough he could achieve it. Whatever the mind can conceive you can achieve, he said. Why do we climb mountains? Because theyre there. I knew I could do it, but it wasnt just for me. I did it for the Army Chaplain Corps. I want to offer my best to them. Chaplain Col. Philip Hill, chief of staff for the Army chief of chaplains, said it is common for chaplains to receive perfect scores on the APFT, but recognizes Linzeys accomplishment as a great personal success. Every time a 300 comes along, its great to see, Hill said. Its great to see someone of his age in such great shape setting an example. In contention, Chaplain Col. Jim Ammerman, president and director of the Chaplaincy of Full Gospel Churches, said in his experiences it is rare for chaplains to achieve a perfect score. Not very many chaplains score that high, Ammerman said of the 300. Not even one-fourth score that high because a lot dont stay in good physical shape. No APFT score statistics were available from the Chaplain Corps. Linzey said being physically fit is some-

Maj. James Linzey greets an incoming Cadet at this summers Leaders Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky. Photo by James Calvert

thing that was important to him from a young age. Ive been working out since I was 9 years old, he said. That was the first time I took the initiative to work out on my own. I set my bedroom clock for 30 minutes and went walking. I felt it was built in to work out and be my best. Being at his best is something Linzey describes as a driving force in his life. I apply the principles of success in all areas of life, he said. Whether its in my television programs, music recordings or physical fitness, Im always setting high goals for the sake of humanity. Linzey said he didnt want to take all the credit for his success, however. He enlisted the help of Sgt. Maj. James Garner because Garner scored a 300 the past nine APFTs he has taken and has maintained the excellence patch for 15 years. The two rigorously trained for four weeks before the APFT. I trained other officers before him and Im a true believer in helping fellow Soldiers achieve their goals, Garner said. Hes the first chaplain Ive trained, and I probably would have broken my neck to help him because he was dedicated and disciplined. I think I was more proud than he was when he got the 300. While Linzey hopes to motivate other chaplains to achieve their best, he also

hopes his success sent a message to the Cadets at LTC at Fort Knox, Ky. Linzey was the first chaplain ever assigned to LTC. Linzey said he participated in physical training alongside the Cadets to motivate them, as well as himself. To keep up and even pass them put me at a high, he said. Being out there with them is a reflection of my leadership because if the chaplain can cut it, so can they. I feel I really made an impression on the Cadets. While Linzey hopes he had an impact on Cadets, he said Garners training and friendship had a great effect on him. This has changed my life around, he said. I didnt know how to train before he took me on. I learned things from him I wish I had known before. Linzey plans to maintain his training disciplines and physical training score. Garner said he thinks he can do it because he has proven his dedication to being at his best. I think he will, Garner said. He knows how to do it now. Linzey responded with an air of determination. I know I can, he said. Proper physical fitness can make a huge difference in your life. It has in mine.