Mark L. Tidd

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Mark L. Tidd
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Rear Admiral Mark L. Tidd
25th Chief of Navy Chaplains
Born (1955-05-08) May 8, 1955 (age 59)
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Department of the Navy Seal.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1978 - 2014
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Rear Admiral
Awards US Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Superior Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service ribbon.svg Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service ribbon.svg Meritorious Service Medal

Chaplain (Rear Admiral) Mark L. Tidd, CHC, USN, (born May 8, 1955) is a retired American Navy officer who served as the 25th Chief of Chaplains of the United States Navy from 2010 to 2014.[1]


Rear Admiral Tidd comes from a career Navy family; his father is retired Vice Admiral Emmett H. Tidd, and his brother is Vice Admiral Kurt W. Tidd. He is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.


Rear Admiral Tidd received his Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of the National War College in Washington, DC, with a Master of Science in National Security Strategy and a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Armed Forces Staff College.

Military career[edit]

Emblem, U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps

Rear Admiral Tidd’s Navy tours include Naval Air Station Moffett Field, California, with Patrol Wing 10 and the USS Reeves (DLG-24), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. During his time on board, Reeves visited Qingdao, China, as part of the first port visit by U.S. warships to that country in 39 years. He went on to serve as deputy command chaplain on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).

Marine Corps tours include 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, and the division staff of 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, deploying to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Desert Storm. He served at Marine Corps Combat Development Command as the chaplain for the Marine Corps Brig and the Base Security Battalion and later returned to 2nd Marine Division as the division chaplain.

Tidd has served in leadership positions on the chief of Chaplain’s staff as the branch head for Professional Development and Religious Programs and as the Advanced Training officer at Navy Chaplain School. Tidd was assigned as the force chaplain for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and the fleet chaplain for United States Fifth Fleet, headquartered in the Kingdom of Bahrain. After serving as command chaplain for the U.S. European Command, he became deputy chief of Navy Chaplains and Chaplain of the Marine Corps.

Tidd assumed his duties as the 25th chief of Navy Chaplains on August 27, 2010. He retired on August 1, 2014.

Marriage controversy[edit]

On April 13, 2011, Tidd issued a two-page "guidance" memo stating that following final repeal of don't ask, don't tell, the law barring openly gay people from military service, same-sex couples would be allowed to marry in Naval facilities with Naval chaplains officiating in those states in which same-sex marriage is legal.[2] Following political pressure from Republican members of Congress who claimed that allowing the use of federal facilities or personnel to perform same-sex marriages would violate the Defense of Marriage Act, Tidd suspended the policy on May 10, pending further Naval review.[3]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Tidd’s military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with gold star, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars.

See also[edit]


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Navy.

External links[edit]

Media related to Mark L. Tidd at Wikimedia Commons

Military offices
Preceded by
Alan T. Baker
Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps
Deputy Chief of Chaplains of the United States Navy

2009 – 2010
Succeeded by
Margaret G. Kibben
Preceded by
Robert F. Burt
Chief of Chaplains of the United States Navy
2010 – 2014
Succeeded by
Margaret G. Kibben