BISMARCK (AP) - The North Dakota National Guard is at full strength in its chaplain corps for the first time in 15 years.
The Guard appointed 1st Lt. Yacob Makonnen as chaplain Thursday. He will be assigned to the Bismarck-based 68th Troop Command. He currently lives with his wife in Fargo.
The Bismarck Tribune reports that Makonnen's appointment means there are now eight chaplains assigned to the North Dakota National Guard.
Lt. Col. David Johnson says there was a time when National Guard chaplains were few and far between and had to serve multiple units.
Chaplains provide pastoral care and counseling to Guard members and their families. They also advise the commanders and staff on issues of religion, morals and morale.
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