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Major Travis Yelton is an airman's best friend, especially when war is over the horizon. Major Travis Yelton is an airman's best friend, especially when war is over the horizon.
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

At Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery Major Travis Yelton has an idea what any enlisted man or woman may be feeling as Washington, D.C., debates whether to strike Syria with missiles.

"There is a sense of excitement, anxiety and concern," said Yelton.

Although Yelton is an airman, he's been close to combat before.

"I've been in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places around the world," Yelton admitted.

Major Yelton has pretty much heard it all, concerns about families back home, the war at the time, even pets.

"Other hobbies and interests they had to leave behind to do the mission," he says.

The term 'chaplain' has Christian roots but Yelton is here for all faiths and for those who don't believe. That's why he says the biggest part of his job is listening, which is quickly becoming a lost art.

"We see people with all kinds of worries, and so the biggest worry for me as a chaplain is whatever your worry is, whatever is on your mind," Yelton explains, "and I think a lot of chaplains look at it that way."

You may be surprised to learn the talks between the airman and Yelton don't typically center on what might happen during a conflict.

"We don't really think that way because we feel we're talking to a hero in the making. We're looking at somebody who is the hero now because of their volunteer service to our great nation," Yelton explains.

Mr. Yelton says there's no doubt he's answered the call of duty from a higher power and feels he making a difference for 13 years and counting.

"It's gratifying to know we're making a difference, because we're here to do just that," he adds.

He's making a difference in war and in peace.

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