Dr. James F. Linzey Is Awarded Humanitarian Medal After Meeting President George W. Bush
Edited By Pastor Oliver White
President, New Life Ministries
On 7 April 2006, former Chaplain (MAJOR) James F. Linzey was awarded the Humanitarian Service Medal for Operation Gulf Coast Relief by the US Army. The award was presented to Dr. Linzey by his mother, Verna M. Linzey, D.D., who is a military advisor for Operation Freedom, with the rank of Admiral, and author of The Baptism with the Holy Spirit and Spirit Baptism. She, along with her son, Jim, is also the editor of Baptism in the Holy Spirit by Stanford E. Linzey, Jr.
As a military chaplain, Rev. Linzey deployed to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina four days after meeting President George W. Bush. He met the former president at Naval Base Coronado on August 28, 2005 at the 60th Anniversary of the Japanese Surrender in World War II. President Bush was the keynote speaker, and Rev. Linzey’s father, Chaplain Stanford E. Linzey, Jr., CHC, USN (Ret.), who was a World War II veteran and survivor of the USS Yorktown, gave the invocation behind the Seal of the President of the United States of America.
As one of the longest serving chaplains during Operation Gulf Coast Relief in the City of New Orleans, Rev. Linzey ministered to civilians at 4 Food Distribution Centers; ministered to local residents in their homes and doorsteps; conducted 68 Field Worship Services for Army and Air Force personnel; conducted 9 Critical Incident Stress Debriefs; provided ministry of presence at about 150 sites; ministered at the Police Department of the second ward, FEMA Headquarters of New Orleans, the New Orleans Convention Center, Command and Staff Meetings for Multi-Agency/Military Relief Agencies; provided pastoral support for over 450 military personnel and numerous New Orleans police officers and Fire Department personnel. Rev. Linzey was on CBS, NBC, ABC, and CNN while on the mission in New Orleans.