HUNTINGTON MILLS, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Chaplain Colonel Karen Meeker is a Huntington Mills native who was recently inducted into the the Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame.
She is making history as one of the first female army chaplains to be inducted into this hall of fame.
Chaplain Colonel Karen Meeker, division chief, chaplain recruiting, told us over the phone, “I was very blessed to be born into a godly family. And a godly community. Godly church that nurture god’s call on my life to serve full time.”
All her service was recently recognized as Meeker was inducted into the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame. Her parents Jean and James were with her at the induction ceremony.
Her father, proudly read a section from her nomination letter to me.
“You are a trailblazer in our army as a master parachutist, and hold the distinction of being the first female chaplain to complete the pathfinder course.” Her father read.
The Bucknell University alumna is being inducted into this hall of fame because she is one of the first female army chaplains. Meeker’s father says she told him about her mission to pursue a life in ministry work when she was only a preteen.
“She get’s her strength straight from the main source. She get’s her strength from the lord,” James told us.
Meeker enlisted in the army in 1986. She’s had smiling moments in her uniform. She’s also faced more somber moments, providing support for families who lost their loved ones serving this country.
“It’s the hardest thing that I do as a chaplain but again I am honored to walk into that space and to provide some solace,” Meeker concluded.
In the midst of this pandemic, Meeker is hoping people channel their faith and strength to get out of these hard times stronger than before.