We were blessed to visit our good friends and supporters at Fort Hood, TX for a night in both July and in September at both ends of our home assignment travel. I doubt anyone has not heard the news of the tragic fatal shooting that took place there today at Fort Hood.
Captain Mark Olson is a good friend from my high school and youth group and later from my alma mater, Bryan College. He is an active member of the U.S. Army serving both God and country as a chaplain. Captain Olson has served a term in Iraq and just this summer returned from a year of service there.
In the aftermath of the killings there today, he was responsible to make some of the notifications of death to families who suffered the loss of their beloved soldiers. With his permission, I’d like to share with you what he had to say in a note he posted tonight on Facebook:
Thanks everyone for your prayers and concern. Today, many American Heroes lost their lives in a place where their lives should have been the safest. We are all shocked, and in so many ways, our world is rocked. But…. we are America, and we will drive on. Let me be very clear… what happened here today was a tragedy, but the man who committed these crimes is a coward! What he did was not the result of “Combat Stress” or “Battle Fatigue” but a terrible act of cowardice. CNN is rambling on and on about this being the result of our military forces being tired and broken. WE ARE NOT BROKEN! NOR WILL WE BE BROKEN! Believe me when I tell you that the young men (and old ones too) and women who make up our armed forces are as committed as ever to finishing this fight and to keeping America safe from future acts of cowardice. Please keep us in your prayers tonight as we wrestle with the reality of what happened here today. Tomorrow, our Soldiers will take the day off to minister to the wounded and other survivors, but Monday, we will drive on once again. – Captain Mark Olson