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CHAPLAINS HELPING IN JAPAN

Capt. Carlos Bohorquez, a chaplain with the 126th Air Refueling Wing, conducts mass at the chapel on Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, Japan, June 12, 2014. The Illinois Air National Guard chaplain's office, from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., is providing assistance to offices at NAF Atsugi while gaining training experience. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura Muehl)

Capt. Carlos Bohorquez, a chaplain with the 126th Air Refueling Wing, conducts mass at the chapel on Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, Japan, June 12, 2014. The Illinois Air National Guard chaplain's office, from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., is providing assistance to offices at NAF Atsugi while gaining training experience. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura Muehl)

Capt. Carlos Bohorquez, a chaplain, and Master Sgt. Melissa Macke, a chaplains assistant, both with the 126th Air Refueling Wing, conduct mass at the chapel on Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, Japan, June 12, 2014. The Illinois Air National Guard chaplain's office, from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., is providing assistance to offices at NAF Atsugi while gaining training experience. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura Muehl)

Capt. Carlos Bohorquez, a chaplain, and Master Sgt. Melissa Macke, a chaplains assistant, both with the 126th Air Refueling Wing, conduct mass at the chapel on Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, Japan, June 12, 2014. The Illinois Air National Guard chaplain's office, from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., is providing assistance to offices at NAF Atsugi while gaining training experience. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura Muehl)

Capt. Carlos Bohorquez, a chaplain, and Master Sgt. Melissa Macke, a chaplains assistant, both with the 126th Air Refueling Wing, conduct mass at the chapel on Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, Japan, June 12, 2014. The Illinois Air National Guard chaplain's office, from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., is providing assistance to offices at NAF Atsugi while gaining training experience. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura Muehl)

Capt. Carlos Bohorquez, a chaplain, and Master Sgt. Melissa Macke, a chaplains assistant, both with the 126th Air Refueling Wing, conduct mass at the chapel on Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, Japan, June 12, 2014. The Illinois Air National Guard chaplain's office, from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., is providing assistance to offices at NAF Atsugi while gaining training experience. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura Muehl)

Capt. Carlos Bohorquez, a chaplain with the 126th Air Refueling Wing, conducts mass at the chapel on Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, Japan, June 12, 2014. The Illinois Air National Guard chaplain's office, from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., is providing assistance to offices at NAF Atsugi while gaining training experience. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura Muehl)

Capt. Carlos Bohorquez, a chaplain with the 126th Air Refueling Wing, conducts mass at the chapel on Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, Japan, June 12, 2014. The Illinois Air National Guard chaplain's office, from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., is providing assistance to offices at NAF Atsugi while gaining training experience. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura Muehl)

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dale Wellman, a religious program specialist, trains Master Sgt. Melissa Macke on the sound system control board at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, June 15th, 2014. Master Sgt. Macke is performing her annual training for the 126th Air Refueling Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, by assisting at the chapel.  (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura Muehl)

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dale Wellman, a religious program specialist, trains Master Sgt. Melissa Macke on the sound system control board at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, June 15th, 2014. Master Sgt. Macke is performing her annual training for the 126th Air Refueling Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, by assisting at the chapel. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura Muehl)

Master Sgt. Melissa Macke, prepares for daily Mass at Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, June 16, 2014.  Master Sgt. Macke is performing her two weeks annual training for the 126th Air Refueling Wing in the Illinois Air National Guard by assisting at the chapel.(Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura Muehl)

Master Sgt. Melissa Macke, prepares for daily Mass at Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, June 16, 2014. Master Sgt. Macke is performing her two weeks annual training for the 126th Air Refueling Wing in the Illinois Air National Guard by assisting at the chapel.(Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura Muehl)

NAVAL AIR FACILITY, ATSUGI, Japan -- Members of the 126th Chaplains Office assisted the U.S. Navy clergy at Naval Air Field Atsugi, Japan, for two weeks.

An Illinois Air National Guard chaplain and a chaplain assistant performed their annual training during the month of June with the sister service while filling in for chapel staff members who were on leave or at training seminars.

Capt. Carlos Bohorquez, a chaplain with the 126th Air Refueling Wing located at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, provided counseling for the base population and performed Catholic Mass services at The Chapel of the Good Shepherd. Master Sgt. Melissa Macke, a chaplains assistant, also with the 126th, provided administrative and chapel service support.

The opportunity to attend Catholic Mass was especially important to the base, according to U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Dale Wellman, a religious program specialist with the chaplain's office.

"We haven't had a Catholic priest here for two years, so Father Carlos is filling a vital spiritual role for our community. Many people were excited to hear he was coming," said Wellman.

U.S. Navy Lt. Wilking Jean, a staff chaplain assigned to Atsugi, said he sees a positive impact to having Borhorquez assist with counseling and workplace morale visits known in the Navy as "deckplate visits".

"Sometimes, we see problems developing, so we try to pay more attention to those shops. Regular visits improve the situation," said Jean.

The two National Guardsmen are also getting involved with the local community. According to Macke, they've been invited to help with a weekly effort to feed the homeless in neighborhoods near the base.
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