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AF Deputy Chief of Chaplains welcomed at National Prayer Breakfast

Chaplain (Brig. Gen.) David Cyr, Air Force deputy chief of chaplains, addresses more than 50 Airmen and civilians during Schriever’s National Prayer Breakfast March 9 at the Satellite Dish dining facility. (U.S. Air Force photo by David Ahlschwede)

Chaplain (Brig. Gen.) David Cyr, Air Force deputy chief of chaplains, addresses more than 50 Airmen and civilians during Schriever’s National Prayer Breakfast March 9 at the Satellite Dish dining facility. (U.S. Air Force photo by David Ahlschwede)

By Staff Sgt. Daniel Martinez

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

More than 50 Airmen and civilians were on hand for Schriever’s National Prayer Breakfast March 9 at the Satellite Dish dining facility.

The event included guest speaker Chaplain (Brig. Gen.) David Cyr, Air Force deputy chief of chaplains, who spoke about the power of prayer, overcoming personal challenges and supporting fellow servicemembers.

“I think we know there’s a spiritual principle built into the universe, that it’s more blessed to give than it is to receive,” Chaplain Cyr said. “And to whom much is given, much is required.”

The chaplain added that servicemembers roles have a profound and positive affect throughout the world.

“America has always seen itself as a good neighbor in the global village and we try to help as we can,” he said.

He later added, “Ancient vision of peace on earth, goodwill toward men, must always be our goal and the righteousness of our call must always underlie our strength.”

The event kicked off with the singing of the national anthem, followed by an invocation, a Hebrew and Christian scripture reading, a moment of silent prayer and the guest speaker introduction by Chaplain (Maj.) Glenn Gresham, 50th Space Wing chaplain.

Col. Wayne Monteith, 50th SW commander, also shared words of gratitude for Chaplain Cyr’s visit following his speech.

“What a great turnout and what a great Colorado morning,” Colonel Monteith said. “We would like to thank you for being such a tremendous mentor to our chaplain corps and helping to groom your replacement who will continue to tend this flock for decades to come.”

The prayer breakfast came into prominence after being established in 1953. Its origins began from a congressional prayer breakfast attended by the president, the vice president and various officials throughout different branches of government. The breakfast unifies U.S. leadership under the guise of recognizing the moral and spiritual values the country was founded on. Since its inception, the prayer breakfast has become an annual event.

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