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442nd FW chaplain looks to higher power for help with inspection

Maintenance crews from the 442nd Fighter Wing's 442nd Maintenance Group prepare an A-10 for flight July 12, 2009, during an exercise to practice for the wing's upcoming operational readiness inspection in October.  In a program initiated by the 442nd Chaplain's office, wing members will be able to offer up prayers for A-10 pilots and ground crews to help fly the required number of sorties during the inspection.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kent Kagarise)

Maintenance crews from the 442nd Fighter Wing's 442nd Maintenance Group prepare an A-10 for flight July 12, 2009, during an exercise to practice for the wing's upcoming operational readiness inspection in October. In a program initiated by the 442nd Chaplain's office, wing members will be able to offer up prayers for A-10 pilots and ground crews to help fly the required number of sorties during the inspection. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kent Kagarise)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Imagine going through October's operational readiness inspection with your own personal assistant. 

The goal for the 442nd Fighter Wing's operational readiness inspection, Oct. 23 to 29, is to fly 98 successful sorties. The 442nd FW Chaplain's Office is looking for people from across the wing to team up as prayer partners for a little help from above. 

A prayer partner is anybody in the wing who would like to pray for a certain sortie: pilot, maintainer and anybody who touches the plane for launch and recovery. 

"The obstacles are numerous," said Chaplain, Maj., James Buckman, the 442nd Fighter Wing's  spiritual advisor. "It'd be nice to know that every individual who touches a plane is getting a little help from above." 

During the ORI there will be a sign posted with the numbers of the sorties and who is praying for them. The chaplain's office is hoping to provide the entire wing an opportunity to be intimately involved with what is going on in the air as well as on the flight line.
 
To sign up as a prayer partner, wing members can contact the 442nd Fighter Wing chaplain's office or send an e-mail  here, along with your message.