The uplifting connection of family and faith
The start of 2020 has shown that supporting one another is a part of the Australian spirit.
Royal Australian Air Force Chaplain Squadron Leader David Enticott experienced this recently when he received a long-awaited gift.
Deployed to the Middle East region (MER), Squadron Leader Enticott was overwhelmed with emotion when his family, work colleagues and Collingwood Football club banded together to pull off a logistical miracle.
“I was surprised when I received my quilt from Aussie Hero Quilts,” Squadron Leader Enticott said.
“It was signed by my family, work colleagues and the players from the Collingwood team.
“I feel like three families have combined to give me that incredible gift. It was a pretty amazing moment.”
Joining him via video call for this special moment were his loved ones.
“To be able to Skype here is really good. Over my six months in the MER it has been a great way to be able to stay connected with everyone back home,” Squadron Leader Enticott said.
“Seeing their smiles, body language and facial expressions has been amazing, not just for me but for everyone that uses it to call their families while deployed on operations.”
Being one of three ADF chaplains providing support to about 1000 deployed members throughout the MER, Squadron Leader Enticott is a busy man caring for others’ needs.
ADF chaplains provide extensive spiritual and emotional guidance for our deployed members and their families abroad and back home.
“Our role as chaplains involves listening to how others are going and working with them through issues to find the best solution. It is a real privilege to undertake this role,” Squadron Leader Enticott said.
“Chaplains are able to encourage people when they are going through hard times. It is not always easy being away from loved ones back home. We provide a listening ear when people need it the most.”
On the completion of his deployment, Squadron Leader Enticott will return to his role as the Chaplain of No. 21 Squadron in Melbourne and to his wife Melissa and three children James, 18, Ben, 16 and Thomas, 16.
“Being here for six-and-a-half months I miss my wife and our three boys,” he said.
“I can’t wait for weekends to read the paper, go out for a coffee and be with the family.”