Lynchburg, VA (PRWEB) August 10, 2012
On the morning of July Fourth, Lt. Joshua Earls, a United States Navy chaplain serving with Marine Combat Logistics Battalion – 5 (CLB-5) in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan, celebrated the holiday with his troop during a Marine 10K race.
Earls is a graduate of Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary. During his studies he gained an appreciation for Liberty’s support of the military. He was happy to partner with Liberty University Online to put on an Independence Day 10k for all the members of CLB-5 stationed at Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan. Working with Emily Foutz, Director of Military Affairs for Liberty Online, and Joshua Yeoman from the Office of Student Activities, Liberty Online provided a uniquely designed race finisher shirt for more than 210 runners and a large race banner featuring the Marine Corps Eagle Globe and Anchor and the CLB-5 command logo.
“It was special to have the support of Liberty Online. I spent eight years at Liberty University. They are my family, and to feel their love, support, and prayers while being deployed is something that I will never forget,” Earls said.
“All of these Marines and Sailors are happy to sacrifice their time and to put themselves in harm’s way to protect our country’s freedoms. I’m just happy we were able to give them a chance to relax and have a fun race on this special day,” Earls went on to say.
Earls received his Master of Arts in Religion and Master of Divinity degrees from Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary. Earls also earned his military chaplain endorsement through the Liberty Baptist Fellowship.
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