Welcome to the Chaplain's section of the New Hampshire Wing website.
Chaplain (Captain) Gary Atkins is the NH Wing Chaplain, in addition to being Squadron chaplain of the Seacoast squadron, based at Pease ANG Base.
Forty-five years ago he served as an active duty USAF Chaplain in the Philippines and Thailand. It is a rewarding experience to be in uniform and serving once again.
This section presents a variety of information for both Senior and Cadet members. Scroll down to find whatever information may be relevant to you.
1. Contact Information
My cell number is 860-331-0879. Call whenever you (or someone) need to talk with a chaplain. If I do not answer, leave an appropriate message and I will get back to you. Know that the Jewish Sabbath is Friday sunset to Saturday sunset and I am usually "out of contact" during that time.
2. Chaplaincy Prayer Line
Chaplains believe in the power of prayer, both for the prayer-giver and the one being prayed for. CAP Chaplain HQ has set up a "national prayer line" for CAP members and their families. If you would like to include someone, send an email to Chapel@capchaplain.org with the appropriate information (rank/name./squadron/wing/family member/relationship/etc) ... and hundreds of chaplains will have that person in their prayers.
3. Death Information
Chaplains can work in tandem with family clergy, if the affected family has an affiliation. In case of the death of a CAP member, the following death notification procedure has been established:
These guidelines are based on the base principle that we are "One CAP Family" and should care for/ support each other however possible in time of loss/need.
1. The squadron commander would normally find out of a death first. S/he should obtain whatever details/ contact information that is available, including details of immediate family and funeral / memorial plans if they are known.
2. S/he should notify the squadron or wing chaplain with relevant information.
3. Condolences should be expressed to the family by both the squadron commander and the chaplain on behalf of CAP.
4. A donation to whatever memorial fund may have been established should be done by either the squadron or the wing
5. An appropriate announcement of the death with condolences to the CAP member. if present should be made at the next squadron meeting, worded appropriately to circumstances.1
6. The family should be asked if they would appreciate a CAP presence at the funeral/memorial service. This could be either a squadron representative or the squadron/wing chaplain.
4. Chaplain Teaching
Chaplains provide monthly short teachings at squadron and wing meetings. These messages can be found here.
5. Suicide prevention
Our country is tragically seeing increases in suicide -- in the active duty and recently discharged military, in the civilian population, and in the Civil Air Patrol. The tragedy of suicide is not just the death of individuals, but also its effects on family and communities.
CAP and the USAF have prepared a number of programs to educate and help to prevent this tragedy. Many resources are available on line,
6. A Final Note
Chaplains have been part of the military community for centuries. Within CAP, chaplains are supported by Character Development Instructors (CDIs) who help with Values for Living teaching and also in the evolving role of Mission Chaplain support,. However, ONLY the chaplain provides legally protected confidentiality (with the exception of child abuse) and anyone who feels they would be helped by talking with a chaplain should know that confidentiality is guaranteed and protected.