Deputy Chief of Chaplains Visits Naval Station Rota

Story Number: NNS160606-09Release Date: 6/6/2016 9:26:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman M. Jang, Naval Station Rota Public Affairs

ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- Naval Station Rota hosted Rear Adm. Brent W. Scott, the Navy's Deputy Chief of Chaplains, June 2, more than 21 years after he was originally stationed here.

Scott's visit to Naval Station Rota is part of a series of installation visits throughout Navy Region Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia.

Scott began his visit by meeting with the Naval Station Rota Religious Ministries Team at the base chapel to discuss changes and progression of the installation, the chapel and their mission.

He told stories of when he was stationed on the base from 1995 to 1999 as the chaplain for Marine Security Forces and the voice of chaplains for the American Forces Network, the base's radio program.

"I probably worked as hard as I've ever worked as a young chaplain in this place," said Scott, "and it was so dynamic that your head was swimming just to keep up with it."

Reminiscing brought back other positive memories for Scott during his time stationed in Spain.

"My children were at the perfect age to be here," said Scott. "We resurrected American football so I was a training coach, [and] the conditioning coach on the football team. It is just a great place, [and] great community."

After his visit, Scott made his way to the galley to meet with Marines assigned to the Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) Company Europe.

He said the chaplains who work with Marines are proud to serve with them and he has the best job in the Navy.

"I'm a Navy chaplain," said Scott, "but just like doctors, corpsman and [Religious Program Specialists], chaplains serve alongside you. I've never met a chaplain yet that hasn't loved what they do alongside Marines. It's a privilege and an honor to do that."

Scott shared the importance of the Marine Corps' involvement in the Battle of Belleau Wood in 1918 and how strong their ethos is. He said the battle was what brought about the modern day Marine Corps.

"Part of what arose in the ethos of the Corps in those days of Belleau Wood was courage," said Scott. "Courage has nothing to do with the uniform you wear. Courage is all about heart; it's all about character. Courage is not guts. It's not gutsy valor to win in the gunfight. Courage is pushing past what is comfortable, what is safe, what is familiar, to touch humanity with a purpose that's bigger than yourself."

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