A recent communication from Larry Chamberlain and the Eagle Commission announces that Grace Brethren U.S. Army Chaplain Mark Penfold has received the “Officer Instructor of the Year” award for 2004 at the Headquarters US Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, Virginia.
The competition included all TRADOC Service Centers and schools in the U.S. Army. Mark won the top award for commissioned officers.
Penfold is stationed at Fort Eustis, VA, where he is a member of the Transportation School faculty. His teaching responsibilities include: Role of the Chaplain, Army Writing, Conducing Oral Briefings, Counseling, Suicide Awareness and Prevention, Stress Management, Army Values, Ethics and Ethical Decision-Making. Mark is also active in the installation-wide chaplain ministry. He leads a weekly Bible study, has led the quarterly “Spiritual Fitness” events, and planned the National Prayer Breakfast this past Spring.
He and his wife, Robin, have two sons. John is a Specialist in the Army and Matthew is in high school.
In other chaplain news, Army Chaplain James Schaefer has returned from Afghanistan to be with his wife Elizabeth, who is undergoing surgery this week to confirm and determine treatment for glandular carcinoma in the thyroid. Prayers are encouraged for Elizabeth and the Schaefer family at this time.
More information about all Grace Brethren military chaplains and the Eagle Commission is available on the GBNAM website by clicking here.