Donald L. Rutherford

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Major General Donald L. Rutherford
23rd Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army
Born (1955-08-04) August 4, 1955 (age 61)
Kinderhook, New York
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1977–2015
Rank Army-USA-OF-07.svg Major General
Commands held U.S. Army Chaplain Corps
Battles/wars Gulf War
War on Terror
Iraq War
Awards Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Army Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg Meritorious Service Medal (5)

Chaplain (Major General) Donald L. Rutherford, USA (born August 4, 1955) is an American Army officer and a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese for the Military Services who served as the 23rd Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army.

On February 18, 2011, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced that Rutherford was nominated for promotion to Major General and assignment of Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army.[1] He assumed this role on July 22, 2011.[2] He was succeeded by Paul K. Hurley on May 22, 2015.[3]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Combat Action Badge.svg Combat Action Badge
United States Air Force Parachutist Badge.svg Basic Parachutist Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
82nd Airborne Division CSIB.png 82nd Airborne Division Combat Service Identification Badge
USArmyChapCorRegInsignia.png U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Distinctive Unit Insignia
ArmyOSB.jpg 4 Overseas Service Bars
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit (with two bronze oak leaf clusters)
Bronze Star
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal (with four bronze oak leaf clusters)
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Army Presidential Unit Citation
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Valorous Unit Award
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal (with one bronze service star)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal (with two bronze service stars)
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Carleton Birch, OCCH (February 18, 2011). "Deputy Chief of Chaplains nominated for second star". United States Army. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ Chelsea Place, Pentagram Newspaper (July 22, 2011). "Rutherford assumes role as chief of Army chaplains". United States Army. Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ Julia LeDoux, Pentagram Staff Writer (May 28, 2015). "Hurley installed as new Army chief of chaplains, pins on two stars". United States Army. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Douglas L. Carver
Deputy Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army
2008 – 2011
Succeeded by
Charles R. Bailey
Preceded by
Douglas L. Carver
Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army
2011 – 2015
Succeeded by
Paul K. Hurley