Major Travis Yelton is an airman's best friend, especially when war is over the horizon.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery Major Travis Yelton has an idea what any
enlisted man or woman may be feeling as Washington, D.C., debates whether to
strike Syria with missiles.
is a sense of excitement, anxiety and concern," said Yelton.
Yelton is an airman, he's been close to combat before.
been in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places around the world," Yelton admitted.
Yelton has pretty much heard it all, concerns about families back home,
the war at the time, even pets.
hobbies and interests they had to leave behind to do the mission," he says.
term 'chaplain' has Christian roots but Yelton is here for all faiths and for
those who don't believe. That's why he says the biggest part of his
job is listening, which is quickly becoming a lost art.
see people with all kinds of worries, and so the biggest worry for me as a
chaplain is whatever your worry is, whatever is on your mind," Yelton explains, "and I think a lot
of chaplains look at it that way."
may be surprised to learn the talks between the airman and Yelton don't
typically center on what might happen during a conflict.
don't really think that way because we feel we're talking to a hero in the
making. We're looking at somebody who is the hero now because of their
volunteer service to our great nation," Yelton explains.
Yelton says there's no doubt he's answered the call of duty from a higher power
and feels he making a difference for 13 years and counting.
gratifying to know we're making a difference, because we're here to do just
that," he adds.