- Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps
Chaplain of the
United States Marine Corps
RDML Margaret G. Kibben
since: May 14, 2010
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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. 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."
Assignment and responsibilities
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." 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."
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.
Marine Corps chaplain support
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).
Chaplains of the U.S. Marine Corps
Name Photo Term began Term ended 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. CAPT Eli Takesian 1982 1986 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. CAPT Joseph R. Lamonde April 1, 1998 August 2000 14. RDML Louis V. Iasiello August 2000 July , 2003 15. RDML Robert F. Burt July , 2003 June 22, 2006 16. RDML Alan T. Baker June 23, 2006 2009 17. RDML Mark L. Tidd August , 2009 May 13, 2010 18. RDML Margaret G. Kibben May 14, 2010 Incumbent
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- ^ a b c www.marines.mil, retrieved May 12, 2011.
- ^ www.marines.mil, retrieved May 12, 2011.
- ^ Chaplain of the Marine Corps Stresses Importance of Family
- ^ doni.daps.dla.mil, retrieved May 12, 2011.
- ^ OPNAVINST 1730.1D, retrieved May 13, 2011.
- ^ www.navy.mil, retrieved May 12, 2011.
- ^ OPNAVINST 1730.1D, retrieved May 12, 2011.
- ^ www.uscg.mil, retrieved May 12, 2011.
- ^ www.usnst.org, retrieved May 12, 2011.
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