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Air Force Enlisted Job Descriptions

5R0X1 - CHAPLAIN ASSISTANT

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Army Spc. Anthony Berkowitz gives religious items to a detainee in Camp Delta, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, July 7, 2010. Berkowitz is a chaplain’s assistant responsible for providing a wide variety of religious items, such as prayer rugs, caps and beads.
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth/Public Domain
Specialty Summary: Applies integrated support processes to ensure the free exercise of religion in the Air Force. Manages and implements support processes essential to executing Air Force Chaplain Service's core processes - religious observances, pastoral care, and advice to Air Force leadership regarding spiritual, religious, ethical and moral concerns. Manages and applies personnel, logistics, and professional resources to support chapel-based, unit, medical and deployed ministries. Provides direct support for chaplain professional ministry. Applies religious sensitivities to support the distinctive spiritual needs of the pluralistic military community. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 561.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Manages and implements support of religious observances. Coordinates religious observance requirements, assesses support needs, formulates plans, and prioritizes the use of available resources to support chaplain professional ministry including: worship services, liturgies, rites, and ceremonies. Prepares and maintains religious accouterments, facilities, and equipment. Organizes, trains, supervises, and coordinates with laity to support chapel-based ministry. Prepares and maintains public relations materials and professional information resources. Obtains, operates, and maintains multimedia systems. Identifies and coordinates requirements for religious observances with medical and mortuary affairs personnel. Safeguards religious offerings.

Manages and implements support of pastoral care. Coordinates pastoral care requirements and assesses support needs. Formulates plans and prioritizes the use of all available resources. Enables the chaplain professional ministries to provide religious instruction, spiritual renewal, lay training, involvement and recognition, pastoral counseling, crisis and suicide inter vention and critical incident stress management, spiritual nurturing, pastoral visitation, and ecclesiastical relations. Applies knowledge of religious cultures, suicide and crisis intervention, and critical incident stress management to support chaplain emergency ministrations. Responds to aircraft crash sites, hostage situations, causality collection points, evacuation and de ployment centers, and areas of need to support chaplain team members. Protects privileged communication by locating appropriate areas for chaplain pastoral counseling during contingencies. Coordinates support requirements for chaplain pastoral counseling with medical and mortuary affairs personnel. Coordinates, prepares, and presents religious customs and culture briefings. Publicizes availability of chaplain professional services to assigned personnel. Coordinates and develops steward- ship and social out reach activities appropriate to host communities. Coordinates Chaplain Service activities with military and civilian organizations.

Manages and implements processes which assist chaplains in giving advice to Air Force leadership. Supports chaplain professional advice regarding spiritual, religious, ethical and moral issues. Interprets and implements Chaplain Service poli cies, responsibilities and procedures inherent to the free exercise of religion. Assists in resolving accommodation of religious practice issues.

Executes Chaplain Service Support management. Manages Chaplain Service budgets internal controls, resources and support systems. Assesses ministry support and the application of available resources, analyzes data, implements adjustments, and conducts follow-up. Provides force protection of chaplains and physical security for Chaplain Service resources. Manages and coordinates Chaplain Service control center operations. Ensures equitable distribution of resources to meet pluralistic ministry needs. Provides management and oversight of Chaplain Services nonappropriated fund automated systems. Develops and executes ministry support plans and annexes. Coordinates religious support requirements for contingency operations. Procures ecclesiastical equipment and supplies. Coordinates inter-service and host-tenant support agreements im pacting ministry needs and requirements. Coordinates and maintains non-chaplain additional resource personnel documents. Assesses and processes religious facility maintenance, modification, and new construction to meet ecclesiastical and profes sional ministry requirements. Provides protocol and manages special projects and programs for visiting ecclesiastical representatives. Maintains religious data lists of assigned personnel.

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