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NMSG chaplain supports 1115th Transportation Company
By Lt. Col. John Bowers, Chief of Staff, New Mexico State Guard
New Mexico State Guard chaplains provide support to the New Mexico Army National Guard throughout New Mexico, but especially in the northern parts of the state.
Chaplain Capt. Donald Mathiasen has been a chaplain in the NMSG for two years and has been serving with the NMARNG’s 1115th Transportation Company, primarily in Española and Taos. According to Capt. Wilbert Archuleta, commander, 1115th Transportation Co., Mathiasen “has become a vital part of the company and has played a critical role in the company’s spiritual care.”
Mathiasen has provided prayers and blessings at formations, meals, invocations and benedictions at change of command ceremonies as well as pastoral care and chapel services for the Soldiers of the 1115th. He has also offi ciated at wedding ceremonies for NMARNG Soldiers. Additionally, he voluntarily joined the 1115th for their 2012 annual training.
Mathiasen also honors our country’s veterans by providing funeral honors and by participating in committal services at Santa Fe National Cemetery.
In addition to the support Mathiasen provides to the 1115th, he also aids communities in northern New Mexico. He joined other New Mexico State Guardsmen at the American Red Cross shelters during the Las Conchas fire in 2011 and provided hope and encouragement to the victims who were displaced from their homes in and around Los Alamos. Mathiasen has also participated in the Stand Down and Project Hand Up projects in Santa Fe and the Taos Feeds Taos program.
Mathiasen is employed full-time at the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Santa Fe.
New Chaplain joins State Guard
By Lt. Col. John S. Bowers, New Mexico State Guard and Jack Yerby, Parish Administrator, St. John’s Episcopal Church
The New Mexico State Guard was blessed with a new chaplain Jan. 5, 2013, when Guy Mackey was commissioned a first lieutenant at the National Guard building in Farmington. As a chaplain, he will work with the 226th Military Police Battalion and the 1116th Transportation Company of the New Mexico Army National Guard.
Among his duties as chaplain, he will conduct monthly chapel services on the weekends when those units drill, do personal counseling for troops and their families and advise the unit commanders of morale issues.
Mackey is the rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Farmington and a past member of the U.S. Army Reserve. He said he looks forward to his duties with the State Guard in addition to his ministry at St. John’s.