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New SGOMA Podcast Episode availible on Ancient Faith Radio February 5, 2011

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View Podcast PageReflections of a USAF Orthodox Chaplain – Part 1

February 02, 2011 Length: 17:55

In this episode of SGOMA’s Podcast series “Orthodox Christians on the Front Lines” Father Stephan Close reflects on his time as an active duty Orthodox Chaplain serving in the United States Air Force. Fr. Stephan reflects on the many military members that he came across during his most recent assignment at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

To listen to Fr. Stephan’s podcast please go to: http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/frontlines/reflections_of_a_usaf_orthodox_chaplain_part_1

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Happy Anniversary! SGOMA turns 1! October 20, 2010

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October 20th, 2010 – Feast Day of Saint Artemius/1st anniversary of the Saint George Orthodox Military Association (SGOMA).

One year ago today, an idea was born to find ways to support our Eastern Orthodox Christians serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

What started out as a letter writing campaign to try to get an Orthodox Chapel on Fort Bliss, one of the largest Army Bases in the U.S., turned out to develop into a Pan-Orthodox organization of active duty & reserve military, dependents, retirees, veterans and their families, all with the same goal, to advance the cause of our Orthodox men and women serving our country at home and overseas.

In the past year…

Our Facebook page went from 2 members to over 1,360 people. Our webpage has received over 100,000 hits, with visitors from all around the globe.

With the help and generosity of Ancient Faith Radio the Association has a regular podcast series called “Orthodox Christians on the Front Lines” available for download any time at: http://www.ancient faith.com

Our Orthodox Chaplains have done an outstanding job in helping us with the Podcasts and supplying us with liturgical information, Chaplain and Chapel updates, all in order to help our Orthodox brothers and sisters in the U.S. Armed Forces.

SGOMA has sent out over 25 Orthodox Survival Packages to our Orthodox service members in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Through the great generosity of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese SGOMA has been able to send out over 40 “Orthodox New Testament & Psalms” to our service members in the USA and around the world.

As we enter into our second year, SGOMA will continue to work towards serving our Orthodox Troops and find new opportunities to reach out to them and let them know they are loved, cared about, prayed for and remembered by the members of our association throughout the year.

SGOMA is working with USFallen.org in order to more accurately recognize and honor those Eastern Orthodox Christians who have given their lives in defense of our country. We will continue to expand, honor, pray for, and remember all of our fallen Orthodox service members throughout the year, in special panikhidas, and during Divine Liturgies.

SGOMA is continuing work on developing a home catechetical program and providing resources for Orthodox Home Schooling.

We are continuing to reach out to our Orthodox Troops, their families and our Orthodox Chaplains to bring you more interesting and educational Podcasts on our Ancient Faith series “Orthodox Christians on the Front Lines.”

We are very grateful for all the wonderful people who have donated to the Saint George Orthodox Military Association over the past year. Through your generosity we have been able to do the things that we have for our troops. We are still in need of more donations to continue the work that we have begun. If you would like donate to SGOMA please feel free to contact us via email at: StGeorgeOMA@gmail.com or mail your donations to us at: SGOMA, 2521 N. Main St., Unit 1, #198, Las Cruces, NM 88001. All your donations are tax detectable.

As always, we are open to ideas and suggestions on how we can better serve our Orthodox service members, their dependents, as well as our retirees and veterans. If you have any ideas please contact us and let us know.

We are excited to continue serving our Orthodox Service Members as we enter our second year. We ask for your continued prayers for our Association, but more importantly for our Airmen, Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, and Coast Guardsmen who so proudly and vigilantly protect our country every day. Our never-ending gratitude goes out to them!

Saint George Orthodox Military Association….we are “Supporting our Eastern Orthodox Christians serving in the U.S. Armed Forces”

One of our own July 18, 2010

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One of the Saint George Orthodox Military Association’s Facebook members, Scott Hakim (center in photo), is a U.S. Marine currently serving in Afghanistan. Recently, Fr. David Alexander, a USN Chaplain, serving in Afghanistan, did a very moving podcast about Scott on Ancient Faith Radio (Finding Scott Hakim – In the Valley of the Shadow of Death). Fr. David found Scott injured and in the military hospital there in Afghanistan, after a serious roadside bombing attack.

According to Scott’s family, he is now healthy and doing fine and is back with his fellow Marines. His small Marine Company is stationed on the top of a mountain scouting over the three towns that surround the mountain. They are due to head back to the States on October 4th.

Until then, Scott told them he would like some goodies from the USA, such as: blue Gattor-aide powder, beef jerky, sour skittles, and pouches of chicken and tuna.

SGOMA will be sending Scott one of our Survival packages. If you would like to send some items to Scott and his fellow Marines you can contact SGOMA for Scott’s mailing address in Afghanistan, our email is:  StGeorgeOMA@gmail.com. I am also sure they would appreciate cards and letters of support from our Orthodox people and especially from children.

SGOMA is also accepting donations for our Orthodox Survival Package Program. If you would like to assist SGOMA in this project please contact us.

Please keep, Scott, his fellow Marines, and all of our Troops in harm’s way, in your daily prayers.

Latest Episode of SGOMA Podcast is availible on Ancient Faith Radio June 10, 2010

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The St. George’s Orthodox Military Association’s latest podcast episode of the “Orthodox Christians on the Front Lines” is now available on Ancient Faith Radio. In this episode Fr. Anthony Perkins, a Retired U.S. Army Intel Officer, reflects on his deployment to Afghanistan in the wake of 9-11. To listen to the podcast click on the AFR link: http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/frontlines

About the Podcast:

“Orthodox Christians on the Front Lines – Dispatches from the St. George Orthodox Military Association”

The St. George Orthodox Military Association (SGOMA) hosts discussions on various topics related to our Orthodox Christian military men and women and their dependents serving in the United States. We feature special guests who are members of Saint George Orthodox Military Association, our courageous Orthodox military chaplains, and special interviews with our Troops, Sailors, Air Men, and Marines.

“Orthodox Christians on the Front Lines” is now live, up and running on Ancient Faith Radio May 14, 2010

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SGOMA’s podcast series “Orthodox Christians on the Front Lines” is now live, up and running on Ancient Faith Radio (www.ancientfaith.com). The initial episode is now available for listening. New episodes will air every other week. Look for the next episode on May 19th or 20th. This podcast series is also available on iTunes, just search for “Ancient Faith Radio” and then look for the “Orthodox Christians on the Front Lines” podcast and subscribe to it to get all the future episodes on your iPod/iPhone.

In this first episode Hieromonk Joshua and Subdeacon Vladimir Laven discuss the origins of the Saint George Orthodox Military Association; the need to assist our Orthodox Armed Services Members, their dependents, and those who have served; increasing the size of the Orthodox Chaplaincy that serves our military; and some of the goals and outreach programs of SGOMA.

This podcast was recorded back in the beginning of January 2010. It was Hieromonk Joshua and Subdeacon Vladamir’s first ever attempt at doing a podcast. It is hoped that over time, and as they do more podcasts, that they will get better and present more of a professional, enjoyable and educational feel to the podcasts.

The next several episodes of “Orthodox Christians on the Front Lines” will feature podcasts from:

Fr. Anthony Perkins – Retired U.S. Army Intel Officer
Fr. Peter Dubinin – U.S. Army Orthodox Chaplain Recruiter
Fr. Jerome Cwiklinski – U.S. Navy Orthodox Chaplain
Hieromonk Joshua
– U.S. Navy Veteran, Co-Director of SGOMA
Subdeacon Vladimir Laven – U.S. Air Force (Ret), Co-Director of SGOMA
His Grace Bishop Daniel
, the blessing Hierarch of SGOMA, Former U.S. Army Orthodox Chaplain

And many more to come!

Please visit and bookmark the “Orthodox Christians on the Front Lines” page on Ancient Faith Radio at the following web-address: http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/frontlines