Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps


Chaplain of the
United States Marine Corps
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Gregory N. Todd (3).jpg
RDML Gregory N. Todd

since June 21, 2018
WebsiteOfficial website

The Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps (CHMC) is a position always filled by the officers 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) Gregory N. Todd. He was sworn in on June 21, 2018.[2]

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."[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]


See: Uniforms of the United States Navy § Navy 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 (1969-present)

Name Photo Term began Term ended
4. CAPT John H. Craven 1969 1973
5. CAPT Samuel Sobel 1973 1975 [10][11]
6. CAPT Leo J McDonald 1975 1979
7. CAPT George W. Evans, Jr. MarineCorpsEvans.jpg 1979 1982
8. CAPT Eli Takesian[12] EliTakesian.jpg 1982 1986
9. CAPT Walter A. Hiskett 1985 1989
10. CAPT Donald L. Krabbe Donald Krabbe USMC.jpeg 1989 1991
11. CAPT Larry H. Ellis 1991 April 1995
12. CAPT George W. Pucciarelli Pucciarelli.JPEG April 1995 March 31, 1998
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 KibbenMC.jpg May 14, 2010 July 24, 2014
19. RDML Brent W. Scott RDML Brent Scott.jpg July 25, 2014[13] June 20, 2018
20. RDML Gregory N. Todd Gregory N. Todd (3).jpg June 21, 2018 Incumbent


See: Marine Prayer

See also


  1. ^ a b c, retrieved May 12, 2011.
  2. ^ "Chaplain Todd's Promotion Ceremony". Defense Visual Information Distribution Service. Defense Media Activity. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Chaplain of the Marine Corps Stresses Importance of Family". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
  4. ^ Archived 2011-08-14 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved May 12, 2011.
  5. ^ OPNAVINST 1730.1D Archived March 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, retrieved May 13, 2011.
  6. ^, retrieved May 12, 2011.
  7. ^ OPNAVINST 1730.1D Archived March 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, retrieved May 12, 2011.
  8. ^, retrieved May 12, 2011.
  9. ^ Archived 2010-12-24 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved May 12, 2011.
  10. ^ "TogetherWeServed - Samuel Sobel, CAPT".
  11. ^ "Sobel Named Top Marine Corps Chaplain". 4 May 1973.
  12. ^ "Serving Sea Services: Eighth chaplain of the Marine Corps laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery". DVIDS.
  13. ^ Witten, Christianne. "Commandant promotes new chaplain of the Marine Corps". Marine Barracks 8th and I, Washington, DC. United States Marine Corps. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014.

External links

  • Oral History Program, Chaplain Corps, United States Navy -- Documents