Howard D. Stendahl

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Howard D. Stendahl
MGen Stendahl Official Photo.jpg
Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force
Born (1951-08-01) August 1, 1951 (age 63)
St. Paul, Minnesota
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the US Air Force.svg United States Air Force
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General

Howard Douglas Stendahl (born August 1, 1951)[1] is the Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force, promoted to Major General with an effective date of August 2, 2012.[2] He was officially promoted and installed as the Air Force Chief of Chaplains at a ceremony held at Bolling Air Force Base on August 31, 2012.

Early life[edit]

Born and reared in St. Paul, Minnesota, Stendahl was ordained in 1977 into the ministry of The American Lutheran Church now a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He studied Clinical Pastoral Education and served as a parish pastor in Texas and Wisconsin before entering the Air Force Chaplain Service in 1985.


According to Stendahl's official U.S. Air Force bio, his education includes:[3]

  • 1973 Bachelor of Arts, Hamline University, St. Paul Minn.
  • 1977 Master of Divinity, Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul Minn.
  • 1988 Squadron Officer School (Residence)
  • 1994 Doctor of Ministry, Graduate Theological Foundation, South Bend Ind.
  • 1995 Air Command and Staff College (Residence)
  • 2001 Air War College (Seminar)
  • 2004 Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College (Residence)
Chaplain Stendahl delivers the keynote address at the Mountainhome Air Force Base National Prayer Breakfast

Military assignments[edit]

Stendahls's past assignments, prior to his promotion to Brigadier General and assignment as U.S. Air Force Deputy Chief of Chaplains, included:[3]

  • 1985 - Chaplain, Basic Military Training School, Permanent Party Chapel, Lackland AFB TX
  • 1988 - Protestant Chaplain, Shaw AFB SC (deployed to Al Dhafra AB, UAE 1990-91)
  • 1991 - Chaplain to Cadets, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
  • 1994 - Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 1995 - Senior Protestant Chaplain, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
  • 1997 - Command Staff Chaplain, U.S. European Command, Patch Barracks, Stuttgart-Vaihingen GE
  • 1999 - Senior Staff Chaplain, HQ Air Force Recruiting Service, Randolph AFB, Texas
  • 2002 - Wing Chaplain, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
  • 2003 - Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2004 - Director, USAF Chaplain Service Institute, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2006 - Command Chaplain, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas
  • 2009 - Command Chaplain, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.

Awards and honors[edit]

Stendahl's numerous military awards include:[3]

See also[edit]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Air Force document "Chaplain Howard D. Stendahl Biography".

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ ", retrieved August 31, 2012". Archived from the original on 2012-07-20. 
  3. ^ a b c, retrieved May 12, 2011.
Military offices
Preceded by
Cecil R. Richardson
Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force
2012 – Present
Succeeded by