David Hicks (chaplain)

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David Harlan Hicks
Major General David Harlan Hicks
21st Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army
Born 1942 (age 74–75)
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1958 - 1967
1974 - 2007
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Commands held U.S. Army Chaplain Corps
Battles/wars War on Terror
Awards Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg Meritorious Service Medal

Chaplain (Major General) David Harlan Hicks, USA (born 1942) is a retired American Army officer who served as the 21st Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army from 2003 to 2007. Hicks began his career in 1958 and was stationed as a patrolman in the Korean Demilitarized Zone in 1965.[1] An ordained Presbyterian,[2] he served as a command chaplain at the United States Army Special Forces Command (USASOC) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He has over 30 years of experience as an army chaplain. As the Army's Chief of Chaplains, he oversaw over 2,200 chaplains[2] serving in United States Army, National Guard, and Army Reserve capacities.

He retired in 2007, and was succeeded by Brig. Gen. Douglas L. Carver.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit (with two bronze oak leaf clusters)
Silver oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal (with one silver oak leaf cluster)
Army Superior Unit Award
Army Good Conduct Medal (2 awards)
Bronze star
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal (with two bronze service stars)
Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Award numeral 2.png NCO Professional Development Ribbon (with bronze award numeral 2)
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 5.png Overseas Service Ribbon (with award numeral 5)



  1. ^ Slavin, Erik (27 May 2007). "Army career comes full circle as chaplain returns to DMZ". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Religion; IN BRIEF; Army Appoints New Chief of Chaplains". Los Angeles Times. 16 August 2003. pp. B.21. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 

Further reading[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Gaylord T. Gunhus
Deputy Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army
1999 – 2003
Succeeded by
Jerome A. Haberek
Preceded by
Gaylord T. Gunhus
Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army
2003 – 2007
Succeeded by
Douglas L. Carver