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Prior enlisted chaplain helps defenders


Everyone in the Air Force has heard of a chaplain at some point, but have we all had the chance to speak with one? Each group at Warren is assigned a chaplain, and I had the chance to sit down with Capt. Mara Title, 90th Security Forces Group chaplain.

I asked her a few questions regarding what she does, and here’s what she had to say.

Can you please describe your role at the SFG?

I am the chaplain to the four squadrons within this group. I counsel Airmen, attend staff meetings and PT sessions, and I’ve even gone out on convoys and visited the Missile Alert Facilities. I do this because it’s important that I go out to where the Airmen are, so they know who I am.

How do you hope to help or impact security forces members during your time here?

These young Airmen have a lot of responsibility placed on them, and I hope to encourage them and let them know that they are valued and what they do is appreciated.

How can they reach you if they need to talk?

They can call the main chapel office at 773-3434 or call me directly at 773-5590 and leave a message. They could also walk by my office, and if I’m there, we can have a counseling session.

What information are you allowed or not allowed to disclose?

We have privileged communication, so that means 100% confidentiality. There is no circumstance where I am allowed to disclose information from a counseling session without written consent from that person.

What kind of things can they talk to you about?

Nothing is off limits. Some of the common things we get are about relationships, familial issues, work stress and sometimes it’s just of an honest spiritual nature.

What is your favorite part about being assigned to the SFG?

I’ve had a lot of very meaningful visits, and the counseling encourages me that I’m helping people. It’s good to know that when people are genuinely down, I can be there to let them know that they are not alone.

What is something you want defenders to know about you and what you do?

I was prior enlisted, and I had a few different jobs, so I want defenders to know that even though I can’t relate to a lot of the stressors that security forces go through, I do understand how intense the Air Force can be. I want them to know that I’m here to help.