Deputy Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force

Deputy Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force
Howard D. Stendahl
Howard Stendahl.jpg
Deputy Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force
Born St. Paul, Minnesota
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the US Air Force.svg United States Air Force
Rank US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General
Emblem, U.S. Air Force Chaplain Service

The Deputy Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force is the second senior-most Chaplain in the United States Air Force Chaplain Service, holding the rank of Brigadier General, and acting as principal deputy to the Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force.[1]

The current Deputy Chief of Chaplains is Brigadier General Howard D. Stendahl.


Air Force Chaplains

Official Air Force instructions task chaplains with providing "spiritual care and the opportunity for Airmen, their families, and other authorized personnel to exercise their constitutional right to the free exercise of religion."[2][2] This goal is accomplished through "religious observances, providing pastoral care, and advising leadership on spiritual, ethical, moral, morale, core values," in addition to additional religious accommodation issues that have already been identified or might arise in the future.[2]

Additionally, "Chaplain Corps personnel conduct needs assessment based upon the commander’s mission requirements in order to plan and execute religious programs."[3]

Armed Forces Chaplains Board

As the active duty Deputy Chief of Chaplains for the Air Force, the man or woman holding this position is one of the six chaplains (Chiefs of Chaplains and active duty Deputy Chiefs of Chaplains of the Army, Navy, and Air Force) who together comprise the Armed Forces Chaplains Board, advising the Secretary of Defense and Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness on matters affecting military personnel throughout the U.S. military services.[3]

U.S. Air Force Deputy Chiefs of Chaplains

Name Photo Term began Term ended
1. Brig Gen
2. Brig Gen
3. Brig Gen
4. Brig Gen
5. Brig Gen
6. Brig Gen
7. Brig Gen
8. Brig Gen
9. Brig Gen
10. Brig Gen
11. Brig Gen
12. Brig Gen Lorraine K. Potter LorrainePotter.jpg 1999 2001
13. Brig Gen Charles C. Baldwin CharlesBaldwin.jpg 2001 Apri 2004
14. Brig Gen Cecil Richardson Chaplains- Air Force.JPG April 2004 May 2008
15. Brig Gen David H. Cyr David H Cyr.jpg 2008 2011
16. Brig Gen Howard D. Stendahl Howard Stendahl.jpg April 1, 2011 Incumbent

See also


  1. ^ U.S. Air Force Instruction 52-101, Attachment 2, retrieved May 13, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c USAF Instruction 52-101, retrieved May 13, 2011.
  3. ^ a b DOD Instruction 5120.08, retrieved May 13, 2011.

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