by Senior Airman Michael Battles
39th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
3/3/2015 - INICRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -- Being
stationed overseas away from family, friends and the comforts of home
can take a toll on Airmen and their families', which is why Incirlik Air
Base provides the needed resources to ensure the overall resiliency of
In support of Incirik's spiritual resiliency needs, the auxiliary bishop
of the Archdiocese for the military services, U.S., Rev. Richard
Spencer, visited the 39th Air Base Wing to conduct a Catholic Mass and
confirm eight Incirlik dependents, Feb. 24.
According to Ch. (Capt.) Bedemoore Udechukwu, 39th ABW chaplain, the
eight dependents have been preparing over the last year to receive the
Sacrament of Confirmation from Spencer.
"The purpose of this visit is to spiritually empower the candidates in
their spiritual journey," Udechukwu said. "When a candidate is
confirmed, they are empowered to be more active in ministering to others
and their community, to bring the joy of the gospel to everyone."
Spencer explained that this event was next step in the candidate's spiritual development.
"Tonight was an opportunity for these young adults to make a public
witness to their decision to be followers of the Christian message of
the gospels," Spencer said. "Confirmation is the moment in which a young
adult will stand before the community to say 'yes' I am making a mature
decision to become a full member of the Roman Catholic Church."
Additionally, Udechukwu said that his visit was important to the spiritual fitness of Incirlik.
"Spiritual fitness is a vital component of combat readiness," Udechukwu
said. "It enhances the quality of life of our Airmen and their families.
Therefore, spiritual fitness helps to shape a sustainable future for
Team Incirlik, our community and NATO friends."
Along with holding Mass, Spencer also visited Incirlik as a church
relicensing official for 39th ABW's Catholic chaplain Udechukwu. Each
year, chaplains must be relicensed by the church in order to continue
their ministry. This is Spencer's fifth time to Incirlik as the
The one-day base visit, which also included a chapel staff and family
meet and greet and an office call with base leadership, concluded with a
celebration reception for the candidates.