2017-07-14 / Front Page

‘Duck Dynasty’ actor talks to Soldiers about religion, relationships

BY SGT. VICTOR EVERHART JR.
35th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade


John Godwin, from the famous show Duck Dynasty and Duck Commander speaks about his appreciation of service members and how he was led to religion during the 2017 Sportsmen’s Banquet 23 June at the Fort Gordon Club. 
PHOTO BY SGT. VICTOR EVERHART JR. / 35TH THEATER TACTICAL SIGNAL BRIGADE John Godwin, from the famous show Duck Dynasty and Duck Commander speaks about his appreciation of service members and how he was led to religion during the 2017 Sportsmen’s Banquet 23 June at the Fort Gordon Club. PHOTO BY SGT. VICTOR EVERHART JR. / 35TH THEATER TACTICAL SIGNAL BRIGADE Multi-tasking is a skill that most Soldiers are taught through training and day-to-day operation.

But what about when Soldiers are off duty, no one really teaches Soldiers how to balance work with family and off-time.

Soldiers with the 35th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade learned a few things from the experience of others at the Sportsmen’s Banquet and Vendor Exposition, held June 23 at the Gordon Conference and Catering Center.

‘When the chaplain asked me to speak about my marriage I was excited about the opportunity,” said Staff Sgt. Anthony Vintson, the 35th TTSB intelligence noncommissioned officer in charge. “I get to speak about the three things that I love most: Christ, my wife and the outdoors.”

Within his story he spoke about how he manages a good work, family, recreation balance in his life.

“I go by the three C’s: coordinate, communicate and compromise,” said Vintson. “Coordinate your events with your spouse, communicate clearly the details of the event and compromise where you can. I fish and hunt and do all of that, but coordinating when I’m planning a trip, and communicating what I’m trying to do is key and if my wife wants to do something else we talk about it and compromise.”

Among the attendees were the Col. Charles Daly, 35th TTSB commander, Command Sgt. Maj. Jennifer Taylor, 35th TTSB command sergeant major, and guest speaker John Godwin from the famous show Duck Dynasty and Duck Commander.

Godwin, told the Soldiers in attendance how he was inspired by what Soldiers did every day to keep the country safe and that Soldiers die for our freedoms much like how Christ died for our sins and that he was very proud of our uniformed service members. Godwin also spoke about the events that led him into being baptized, which ultimately changed his life for the better.

“I would have people invite me to churches and tell me about how I was going to hell and I would think to myself, no I’m not going there or just make an excuse about why I didn’t want or need to go,” said Godwin. “But what really opened my eyes was when Phil Robertson invited me to dinner and asked me a few questions about my faith and some of the things he said I had never heard but made sense to me.”

“But after that day I went home and started reading my Bible and discovered a lot of things that I hadn’t heard. All I had ever heard until that point was if you sin you’re going to hell, but what I was reading was a story about love and understanding, the thing that kept me away for so long was all a lie but reading for myself gave me an all new understanding,” said Godwin.

“January 21 at one o’clock in the morning – I can remember that because it was the end of duck hunting season – my buddy Tony Neil baptized me into Christ,” he continued. “I’ll never forget that date; it changed my life forever.”

After the guest speaker ended his speech, he fielded questions about the production of the show as well as signed autographs and took pictures with Soldiers.

“It was a great event with a great message,” Vintson said. “I’m just glad I’m able to help Soldiers with their relationships as well as their balance when dealing with work and off time.”

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