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Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 4:30 am

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Before the sun began to rise over the Afghan mountains, music and prayer filled the air as service members and civilians gathered to celebrate Easter Sunday at Forward Operating Base Gamberi.

The early morning service began with the invocation by Maj. Steve Prost, chaplain for 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

The service featured a pastoral prayer, scripture reading and a musical performance by Sgt. Amelia Shields, unit supply specialist with the brigade’s 27th Brigade Support Battalion.

“I am honored to be here amongst my fellow soldiers this glorious morning,” she said.

Shields said she liked to see soldiers and their leaders worshiping together.

“Soldiers and leaders celebrating our risen king is awesome,” Shields said.

Prost said he was watching the audience during Shields’ rendition of “Because He Lives.” He said he saw a couple of people with tears running down their cheeks.

“I think people can relate that song to their deployment,” Prost said.

Pfc. Paul Clay, of the same battalion, attended the service, and said the timing was perfect for the service to happen right as the sun rose above the mountaintops.

“The ceremony was gorgeous,” said Clay, who attends weekly religious services. “(The chaplain) puts his heart and soul into every service he’s done here, and it’s made this deployment so much easier.”

Prost said he cannot take all the credit for the morning service and thanked people who helped with the early morning service.

“The service could not have happened if it wasn’t for the hard work of my chaplain assistant and the help of volunteers, who helped with the music and the setup,” he said.

The Easter service concluded with a benediction by Prost. Afterward, a special Easter breakfast was offered at the dining facility.

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