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“More than a Calling” – Airborne Rabbi Leads by Example

Determination to lead by example spurs a Chaplain to serve alongside paratroopers.

Capt. Yisahar Izak’s drive to be a role-model to fellow faith-leaders and paratroopers in the midst of adversity spurs him to serve as a Chaplain in the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

“When I came into the US Army, there was a lack of Jewish Chaplains in active jump status, meaning we are not able to have a Rabbi lead by example for our paratroopers,” said Izak. “I was already a fan of the 82nd by virtue of studying its history and proud legacy. It was a win-win match with my high motivation to become an Airborne-qualified Chaplain.

Before his assignment to the 82nd Airborne Division, Izak globe-trekked through forty different countries on four continents, growing up in six of them and spending over 17 years in developing regions.

“Having been a civilian, member of a Non-Governmental Organization and soldier at war in other countries, I came to the conclusion the United States Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence are the most sacred human-written texts and the only ones that give humans a chance to coexist in a civilized manner,” said Izak. “To serve them would be the highest ministry I could achieve.”

Orthodox Jewish by faith denomination, Izak previously served as a Rabbi in Flatbush, New York, Izmir, Turkey and in numerous locations in Israel. He first heard his calling to faith while involved in humanitarian relief and disaster response operations in South Asia and the Middle East between 1998 and 1999.

“The amount of suffering pushed me towards more and more self-reflection to the point that after the two large earthquakes in Turkey with over 50,000 casualties combined…I could not reason with all what was going on all around me,” said Izak. “All I knew was I needed to understand the balance in all what goes on.

“I set sails to go to seminary. Being concerned with volunteering, eager to address other’s needs, and having a genuine concern to help others – I ended up evolving into a faith leader,” continued Izak. “More than a calling, it was a natural journey full of divine providence.”

The transition from faith-student to faith-leader was natural for Izak. After seven years of full-time study, he was approached by his elders with the offer to study for the Rabbinical exams. His drive to lead by example in the midst of adversity eventually led him to serve alongside paratroopers in the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg.

Izak’s kippa, the traditional brimless skull cap worn by Jews to fulfill orthodox requirements to keep their head covered at all times, is often the topic of conversation between he and paratroopers along with his prayer shawl and other ecclesiastical items.

“One of the three main competencies of the Chaplain Corps is to nourish the living, requiring me to provide services for my religion while facilitating services for all paratroopers per their faith group,” said Izak. “I love the concept of chaplaincy where a minister can care for everyone regardless what religion they are.”

P6 Sends – National Hispanic Heritage Month

Panther Paratroopers, Families, and Friends,

Contributions of Hispanic Americans continue to keep the Panther Brigade Ready, Competent, and Lethal as we train for the crucible of ground combat.

As our Nation celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th, leaders at all levels across the 3rd Brigade Combat Team understand the strength inherent within an all-inclusive, diverse force of Paratroopers.

Hispanic Americans serve in vital roles throughout our formation as Paratroopers, noncommissioned officers, and officers. They are experts at the art and science of preparing the Brigade to jump, fight, and win on any drop zone in the world.

The Panther Brigade draws strength and proficiency from its diversity. Command Sgt. Maj. Teakell and I are honored to serve alongside all of you. Be Ready. Be Competent. Be Lethal and see you on the drop zone.

COL Art Sellers – 3rd Brigade Commander Command Sgt. Maj. Reese Teakell – 3rd Brigade Command Sergeant Major

Ready, Competent, Lethal! H-Minus!

Panther Recon Paratroopers Volunteer at Urban Ministry

Panther Recon paratroopers and their family members from the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment spent their Saturday morning volunteering at a local Fayetteville Ministry.

The paratroopers and family members spent the morning of Saturday, September 8th volunteering at the Fayetteville Urban Ministry.

Organized by the Battalion Chaplain, Capt. Oleksandr Ishchuk, the volunteer effort focused on completing much-needed yardwork around the building and interior painting.The volunteer effort strengthened the existing partnership between the Fayetteville Urban Ministry and 5-73 CAV while preparing the building and grounds for the holiday season.