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35th FW chapel sponsors resiliency trip for U.S. service members

U.S. Air Force Capt. Joshua Hammans, a 35th Fighter Wing chaplain, and his children, look at a water stream during a 35th Fighter Wing chapel resiliency trip, at Ichinoseki, Japan, Sept. 15, 2018. The chapel took approximately 40 active-duty personnel and their dependents to Geibikei Gorge and Chuson-Ji Temple, Hiraizumi, Japan, in order to strengthen their spiritual and social aspects of the Comprehensive Airmen's Fitness pillars. According to Air Force studies, when Airmen are spiritually, physically, mentally and socially resilient, they reach optimal performance in their daily tasks, better executing the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Joshua Hammans, a 35th Fighter Wing chaplain, and his children, look at a water stream during a 35th Fighter Wing chapel resiliency trip, at Ichinoseki, Japan, Sept. 15, 2018. The chapel took approximately 40 active-duty personnel and their dependents to Geibikei Gorge and Chuson-Ji Temple, Hiraizumi, Japan, in order to strengthen their spiritual and social fitness. According to Air Force studies, when Airmen are spiritually, physically, mentally and socially resilient, they reach optimal performance in their daily tasks, better executing the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

A Japanese family watches peaceful waters at Geibikei Gorge, Ichinoseki, Japan, Sept. 15, 2018. The 35th Fighter Wing chapel gave U.S. service members and their dependents an opportunity to visit some of Japan's historical and natural areas as a part of a resiliency trip in Iwate Prefecture. Approximately 40 Misawa Air Base members went on the tour and enjoyed various items like traditional Japanese food, rock  ormations and historical pieces, dating back to the 1100s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

A Japanese family watches peaceful waters at Geibikei Gorge, Ichinoseki, Japan, Sept. 15, 2018. The 35th Fighter Wing chapel gave U.S. service members and their dependents an opportunity to visit some of Japan's historical and natural areas as a part of a resiliency trip in Iwate Prefecture. Approximately 40 Misawa Air Base members went on the tour and enjoyed traditional Japanese food, rock formations and historical pieces, dating back to the 1100s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

Japanese undama, sit in a wooden crate at Geibikei Gorge in Ichinoseki, Japan, Sept. 15, 2018. The 35th Fighter Wing allotted all U.S. service members and their dependents an opportunity to relax and enjoy some of Japan's landscapes. The goal of the trip was to help Airmen feel recharged while thanking them for their dedication to their unit and country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

Japanese undama sit in a wooden crate at Geibikei Gorge in Ichinoseki, Japan, Sept. 15, 2018. The 35th Fighter Wing allotted all U.S. service members and their dependents an opportunity to relax and enjoy some of Japan's landscapes. The goal of the trip was to help Airmen feel recharged while thanking them for their dedication to their unit and country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. service members and their dependents depart from a Japanese transportation boat during a 35th Fighter Wing chapel resiliency trip at Ichinoseki, Japan, Sept. 15, 2018. During the trip, Capt. Joshua Hammans, a 35th Fighter Wing chaplain, spoke words of encouragement to the service members and their families as well as thanked them for their dedication to the 35th Fighter Wing and its mission. The chapel plans to continue these trips over the year to ensure Airmen are recharged and mission ready. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. service members and their dependents depart a Japanese transportation boat during a 35th Fighter Wing chapel resiliency trip at Ichinoseki, Japan, Sept. 15, 2018. During the trip, Capt. Joshua Hammans, a 35th Fighter Wing chaplain, spoke words of encouragement to the service members and their families as well as thanked them for their dedication to the 35th Fighter Wing and its mission. The chapel plans to continue these trips over the year to ensure Airmen are recharged and mission ready. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Ronald Diaz-Cataldo, the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron officer in charge of operations, and his daughter Lelanni, view Geibikei Gorge's rock formations during a 35th Fighter Wing chapel resiliency trip at Ichinoseki, Japan, Sept. 15, 2018. The resiliency trips. provided free of charge by the Wing chapel, focuses on making Airmen resilient to better perform their duties. The chapel took approximately 40 Airmen and their families to Geibikei Gorge and Chuson-Ji Temple in Hiraizumi, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Ronald Diaz-Cataldo, the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron officer in charge of operations, and his daughter Lelanni, view Geibikei Gorge's rock formations during a 35th Fighter Wing chapel resiliency trip at Ichinoseki, Japan, Sept. 15, 2018. The resiliency trips, provided free of charge by the Wing chapel, focus on making Airmen resilient to better perform their duties. The chapel took approximately 40 Airmen and their families to Geibikei Gorge and Chuson-Ji Temple in Hiraizumi, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

A Japanese boatman pushes visitors on a transportation boat at Geibikei Gorge in Inchinoseki, Japan, Sept. 15, 2018. The boats transport goods across waterways and can hold up to approximately 40 people. The 35th Fighter Wing Chapel initiated trips to local areas in Japan in order to thank service members and their families for their edication to their country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

A Japanese boatman pushes visitors on a transportation boat at Geibikei Gorge in Inchinoseki, Japan, Sept. 15, 2018. The boats transport goods across waterways and can hold up to 40 people. The 35th Fighter Wing Chapel initiated trips to local areas in Japan in order to thank service members and their families for their dedication to their country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

Japanese nationals purify their hands with a hishaku at Chusonji Temple in Hiraizumi, Japan, Sept. 15, 2018. The 35th Fighter Wing's chapel team orchestrated a free resiliency trip to active-duty service members and their families, focusing on appreciating personnel for their hard work, while giving them a chance to recharge by traveling at no cost. A hishaku is a Japanese purification tool used to purify one's hands and body before entering a sacred area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

Japanese nationals purify their hands with a hishaku at Chusonji Temple in Hiraizumi, Japan, Sept. 15, 2018. The 35th Fighter Wing's chapel team orchestrated a free resiliency trip to active duty service members and their families, focusing on appreciating personnel for their hard work, while giving them a chance to recharge by traveling at no cost. A hishaku is a Japanese purification tool used to purify one's hands and body before entering a sacred area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

The 35th Fighter Wing chapel gave U.S. service members and their dependents an opportunity to view some of Japan’s historical and natural structures with a free resiliency trip Sept. 15.

 

The goal of the trip was to evoke human dignity, which the chapel accomplished by thanking members and their families for their hard work and dedication to the Air Force mission. In order to ensure they are resilient and recharged, members went on a tour to Geibikei Gorge in Ichinoseki, Japan, to view various rock formations, and travel to Chuson-Ji Temple to view ancient temple artifacts, dating back to the 1100s.

 

“The purpose of these trips is to build the spiritual resiliency of service members and their families. We use these trips to communicate to active duty members that they are seen and the difficulties they go through are understood and appreciated,” said Capt. Joshua Hammans, a 35th Fighter Wing chaplain. “This gives the community an opportunity to not only renew themselves but get out of the grind of work a little and travel at no cost with their families.”

 

The chapel plans to continue offering resiliency trips throughout the upcoming year. For more information, call 226-4630.