Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps


Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps
Chaplain of the
United States Marine Corps

MargaretKibben.jpg

Incumbent:
RDML Margaret G. Kibben
since: May 14, 2010
First
Formation
Website Official Website

The Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps (CHMC) is a position always filled by the officer serving as Deputy Chief of Chaplains of the United States Navy as a "dual hatted" billet since 2000.[1] The CHMC oversees religious ministry in the Marine Corps which one Commandant of the Marine Corps defined as "a vital function which enhances the personal, family, and community readiness of our Marines, sailors, and their families. Chaplaincy supports the foundational principle of free exercise of religion and helps to enrich the spiritual, moral and ethical fabric of the military."[1]

The current CHMC is Rear Admiral (lower half) Margaret G. Kibben. She was sworn in on July 9, 2010 as the first woman to serve as Chaplain of the Marine Corps and Navy Deputy Chief of Chaplains.[2]

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Assignment and responsibilities

Emblem, U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps

The Chief of Chaplains of the United States Navy advises the Commandant of the Marine Corps, the Chief of Naval Operations, and the Commandant of the Coast Guard "on all matters pertaining to religion within the Navy, United States Marine Corps, and United States Coast Guard" -- but the Deputy Chief of Chaplains serves as Chaplain of the Marine Corps, "advising the CMC on religious ministry matters in reference to support, personnel, plans, programs, policies, and facilities within the USMC."[3][4] Additionally, in the concurrent role of Navy Deputy Chief of Chaplains, the person holding this position is "Deputy Director of Religious Ministries," serving as the "principal assistant to the Chief of Chaplains."[5]

Prior to 2000, when Rear Admiral Louis Iasiello became the first chaplain of flag rank to serve as Chaplain of the Marine Corps, that position was held by a senior Navy chaplain holding the rank of Navy Captain.[1][6]

Marine Corps chaplain support

Navy chaplains support personnel throughout the Department of the Navy, which includes the Navy and Marine Corps,[7] and also support personnel in the United States Coast Guard.[8]

Uniforms

See: Uniforms of the United States Navy #Naval personnel attached to Marine Corps units

According to Chapter Six of the U.S. military uniform regulations, personnel assigned to the Marine Corps (including chaplains) have the option of wearing Marine Corps uniforms (and chaplains assigned to the Coast Guard may wear Coast Guard uniforms).[9]

Chaplains of the U.S. Marine Corps

Name Photo Term began Term ended
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8. CAPT Eli Takesian EliTakesian.jpg 1982 1986
9.
10.
11.
12.
13. CAPT Joseph R. Lamonde JosephLamonde.jpg April 1, 1998 August 2000
14. RDML Louis V. Iasiello LouisIaielloMarine.jpg August 2000 July , 2003
15. RDML Robert F. Burt RobertBurtMarine.jpg July , 2003 June 22, 2006
16. RDML Alan T. Baker RDML AlanTBaker.jpg June 23, 2006 2009
17. RDML Mark L. Tidd MarkTidd.jpg August , 2009 May 13, 2010
18. RDML Margaret G. Kibben MargaretKibben.jpg May 14, 2010 Incumbent

Prayers

See: United States Navy Chaplain Corps #Marine Prayer

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c www.marines.mil, retrieved May 12, 2011.
  2. ^ www.marines.mil, retrieved May 12, 2011.
  3. ^ Chaplain of the Marine Corps Stresses Importance of Family
  4. ^ doni.daps.dla.mil, retrieved May 12, 2011.
  5. ^ OPNAVINST 1730.1D, retrieved May 13, 2011.
  6. ^ www.navy.mil, retrieved May 12, 2011.
  7. ^ OPNAVINST 1730.1D, retrieved May 12, 2011.
  8. ^ www.uscg.mil, retrieved May 12, 2011.
  9. ^ www.usnst.org, retrieved May 12, 2011.

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