Chaplain Candidate Program: CAST (Area III)

This week I had the opportunity to attend my first CAST (Chaplain Annual Sustainment Training). In order to be able to attend CAST, I took all my finals last week. That was a lot of extra stress considering I did them all on one day and had about five days less to prepare for them, but it was worth it.

For the most part, CAST was pretty interesting. I enjoyed getting to sit and chat with some of the Chaplains and Chaplain Candidates from Oklahoma that I don’t get to see as much of since I am drilling with a regular unit now and not with the other Candidates. I really enjoyed hearing from the Chief of Chaplains (Chaplain (MG) Doug Carver). CH Carver is an incredible man to have as the chief. He has a great heart for the Chaplain Corps and really believes in the mission of the Chaplaincy. His speech had a lot of energy and a lot of good information about things happening in the Corps.

As with any military event, there was an abundance of PowerPoint and briefings, but most of it was interesting. It was also really nice that they only did a half day on one of the days. The leadership said that they understood that many of the Chaplains and Assistants had been working like crazy so they wanted to give everyone sometime to rest, relax, and explore Fort Worth. Since the conference was held five miles from my apartment, I didn’t have much to explore, but it was nice being able to recommend some good places to eat for the Chaplains who weren’t as familiar with the city.

Overall, CAST was a good experience. For those of you who are Chaplain Candidates and stumble upon my blog, I highly recommend going to CAST if you can get  authorized to attend. It will give you a chance to rub shoulders with Chaplains from all different backgrounds and all different stages in their careers and ministries.

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3 thoughts on “Chaplain Candidate Program: CAST (Area III)

  1. Caleb, good Blog about the CAST event a few weeks ago in Fort Worth. I enjoyed being there also. One comment: Chaplain Carver is a Major General (MG) not a Lieutenant General (LTG). For future reference, when you become a chaplain, their position, rank and name are presented like this: Chaplain (MG) Doug Carver.

    God Bless You,

    Michael
    Sergeant Major (Retired)
    Chaplain Corps Regiment Honorary Sergeant Major

  2. CAST III May 03-07-2009 in Fort Worth, Texas was great, I was blessed and enjoy it much. The schedule was just right. The humor of CH Higgins was great. The food you eat, the people you meet were great. CAST gives you opportunity to get to know other chaplains and learn from them. There are wealth of knowledge, information, experiences if we will tap it.
    CAST renew & refresh your perspective and call as Army Chaplain to serve God and country.

  3. Hey Caleb,
    I’m glad I came across your blog. I’m also an Oklahoman and a Chaplain Candidate. I’m a 2LT in the North Carolina Guard and am studying at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte. I just attended our CAST this last week in Raleigh. I agree with you, the CCH is an incredible man. I enjoyed hearing him as well. I’ll be attending CIMT and phase I of CHBOLC next month. Feel free to email me. I really enjoy building connections with other candidates.
    Matt Moynihan

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