Team Hill gathers for spiritual maintenance

Chaplain (Maj.) Lukus Counterman, a reservist assigned to the base chapel, speaks during a Spiritual Maintenance breakfast at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Sept. 22, 2016. Dozens of Team Hill military and civilian personnel gathered at the base chapel for fellowship, breakfast and spiritual maintenance. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Chaplain (Maj.) Lukus Counterman, a reservist assigned to the base chapel, speaks during a Spiritual Maintenance breakfast at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Sept. 22, 2016. Dozens of Team Hill military and civilian personnel gathered at the base chapel for fellowship, breakfast and spiritual maintenance. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Fellowship Hall at the Hill Air Force Base Chapel is ready to receive Spiritual Maintenance Breakfast attendees, Sept. 22, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

Fellowship Hall at the Hill Air Force Base Chapel is ready to receive Spiritual Maintenance Breakfast attendees, Sept. 22, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

resiliency-themed books sit atop a table prior to the Spiritual Maintenance Breakfast at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Sept. 22, 2016. Dozens of Team Hill military and civilian personnel gathered at the base chapel for fellowship, breakfast and spiritual maintenance. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

resiliency-themed books sit atop a table prior to the Spiritual Maintenance Breakfast at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Sept. 22, 2016. Dozens of Team Hill military and civilian personnel gathered at the base chapel for fellowship, breakfast and spiritual maintenance. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Dozens of Team Hill Airmen and civilians gathered at the base chapel here for fellowship, breakfast, and spiritual resiliency.

The 75th Air Base Wing chapel staff hosted its annual Spiritual Maintenance Breakfast Sept. 22, in the chapel’s Fellowship Hall.

This year’s speaker, Chaplain (Maj.) Lukus Counterman, a reservist assigned to the base chapel, presented three simple thoughts on spiritual maintenance during his speech: prayer, perspective, and positivity. Using personal anecdotes and analogies, he gave examples of how each concept can be applied to daily life.

“What I’ve discovered is that the difference between a bobber and a buoy is that although both get hit with wind and waves, the bobber gets tossed around and somehow ends up on some rough shore, but a buoy stays safe in its place,” he said. “The reason is because it’s anchored to something deep.”

Chaplain (Maj.) Steven Cuneio, deputy wing chaplain, described the breakfast’s purpose.

“The goal is to fortify people’s spiritual health, whatever that might be for them, to encourage and strengthen the spiritual core,” he said. “Whatever Airmen choose to believe, we want them to be healthy in that belief system.”

Attendees enjoyed breakfast biscuit sandwiches, burritos, fruit cups, coffee, and orange juice. Early arrivals had first pick from stacks of free inspirational books that were gone by the end of the event.

“It’s a way for us to address the spiritual pillar of Comprehensive Airmen Fitness through the simple venue of a shared meal and an inspirational speaker,” said Cuneio.