General Pete Schneider, Commander of the 159th Fighter Wing, flew into Camp Beauregard on a Blackhawk helicopter Feb. 23 to officially swear in Father John Brocato as a member of the Louisiana Air National Guard, where he will be serving as chaplain.

General Scheider said it has been one of his goals, as the commander of the 159th Fighter Wing, to get a priest in the Louisiana Air National Guard.

Father Brocato said he believes this will truly be a blessed experience and is grateful to Bishop Talley for the opportunity to return to serve our men and women in uniform.

Fr. Brocato will be training in Belle Chasse, La. for the next couple of drill weekends, followed by serving as chaplain on Guard weekend duty at Camp Beauregard in Pineville.