Chiefs of Chaplains of the United States


Chiefs of Chaplains of the United States

In the United States armed forces, the Chiefs of Chaplains of the United States are the senior service chaplains who lead and represent the Chaplain Corps of the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force. The Navy created the first Office of the Chief of Chaplains in 1917; the Army followed in 1920, and the Air Force established its own in 1948 after it became a separate branch.

The three Chiefs of Chaplains and the three active duty Deputy Chiefs of Chaplains from the Army, Navy, and Air Force comprise the Armed Forces Chaplains Board (AFCB) which advises the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness on religious, ethical, and moral matters, in addition to a number of policy issues.[1][2]

The current military Chiefs of Chaplains are:

Name Photo Rank and Service Chaplain Corps
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Position Appointed
Donald L. Rutherford
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Major General
US Army
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Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army
July 22, 2011
Mark L. Tidd
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Rear Admiral
US Navy
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Chief of Chaplains of the United States Navy
August 27, 2010
Cecil R. Richardson
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Major General
US Air Force
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Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force
May 28, 2008

On February 18, 2011, the Secretary of Defense announced that President Barack Obama had nominated Army Deputy Chief of Chaplains Donald Rutherford for promotion to Major General and assignment as U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains following Chaplain Carvey's retirement.[3]

Chaplains of the Marine Corps and Coast Guard

As the Marine Corps and Coast Guard do not commission chaplains, the United States Navy Deputy Chief of Chaplains also serves as Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps, and a senior Navy Chaplain holding the rank of Navy Captain serves as Chaplain of the Coast Guard. The current chaplains are:

Name Photo Rank and Service Position Appointed
Margaret G. Kibben
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Rear Admiral
US Navy
Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps
May 14, 2010
Gary P. Weeden
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Captain
US Navy
Chaplain of the United States Coast Guard
June 11, 2010

See also

References

  1. ^ prhome.defense.gov, retrieved May 13, 2011.
  2. ^ DOD Instruction 5120.08, retrieved May 13, 2011.
  3. ^ www.army.mil, retrieved May 15, 2011.

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