Deputy Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force
|Deputy Chief of Chaplains of the
United States Air Force
|First holder||Brig Gen Augustus F. Gearhard|
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.
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." 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.
Additionally, "Chaplain Corps personnel conduct needs assessment based upon the commander’s mission requirements in order to plan and execute religious programs."
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.
U.S. Air Force Deputy Chiefs of Chaplains
|Name||Photo||Term began||Term ended|
|1.||Brig Gen Augustus F. Gearhard||1950||1953|
|2.||Brig Gen Terence P. Finnegan||1953||1958|
|3.||Brig Gen Robert P. Taylor||1958||1962|
|4.||Brig Gen Edwin R. Chess||1962||1966|
|5.||Brig Gen William Leon Clark||1966||1968|
|6.||Brig Gen Roy M. Terry||1968||1970|
|7.||Brig Gen John F. Albert||1970||1972|
|8.||Brig Gen Henry J. Meade||1972||1974|
|9.||Brig Gen Thomas M. Groome Jr.||1974||1976|
|10.||Brig Gen Richard Carr||1976||1978|
|11.||Brig Gen Jeremiah J. Rodell||1978||1980|
|12.||Brig Gen John A. Collins||1980||1982|
|13.||Brig Gen Stuart E. Barstad||1982||1985|
|14.||Brig Gen John P. McDonough||1985||1988|
|15.||Brig Gen Donald J. Harlin||1988||1991|
|16.||Brig Gen Arthur S. Thomas||1991||1995|
|17.||Brig Gen William J. Dendinger||1995||1997|
|18.||Brig Gen Hiram "Doc" Jones||1997||1999|
|19.||Brig Gen Lorraine K. Potter||1999||2001|
|20.||Brig Gen Charles C. Baldwin||2001||April 2004|
|21.||Brig Gen Cecil Richardson||April 2004||May 2008|
|22.||Brig Gen David H. Cyr||2008||2011|
|23.||Brig Gen Howard D. Stendahl||2008||2012|
|24.||Brig Gen Bobby V. Page||August 2, 2012||September 2015|
|25.||Brig Gen Steven A. Schaick||September 2015|
- Armed Forces Chaplains Board
- Chiefs of Chaplains of the United States
- Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force
- Military chaplain
- U.S. Air Force Instruction 52-101, Attachment 2, retrieved May 13, 2011.
- USAF Instruction 52-101, retrieved May 13, 2011.
- DOD Instruction 5120.08, retrieved May 13, 2011.