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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
Emblem
Position Appointed
Donald L. Rutherford
DonaldLRutherford <center> Major General
US Army
<center>Army.mil-53469-2009-10-20-071025 <center> Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army July 22, 2011
<center> Mark L. Tidd Mark Tidd <center> Rear Admiral
US Navy
<center>Seal of the United States Navy Chaplain Corps <center> Chief of Chaplains of the United States Navy August 27, 2010
<center> Howard D. Stendahl MGen Stendahl Official Photo <center> Major General
US Air Force
<center>AF Chaplain Corps Seal <center> Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force August 31, 2012

Chaplains of the Marine Corps and Coast GuardEdit

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
<center> Margaret G. Kibben MargaretKibben <center>Rear Admiral
US Navy
<center> Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps May 14, 2010
<center> Gary P. Weeden GaryWeeden <center> Captain
US Navy
<center>Chaplain of the United States Coast Guard June 11, 2010

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. prhome.defense.gov, retrieved May 13, 2011.
  2. DOD Instruction 5120.08, retrieved May 13, 2011.



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