Douglas L. Carver

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Douglas Lanier Carver
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Major General Douglas Lanier Carver
22nd Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army
Born (1951-09-10) September 10, 1951 (age 65)
Rome, Georgia
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1973–2011
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Unit Army Reserve (1979-1984)
Commands held U.S. Army Chaplain Corps
Battles/wars War on Terror
Iraq War
Awards Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star Medal
Signature Douglas L. Carver (signature).png

Chaplain (Major General) Douglas Lanier Carver, USA (born September 10, 1951) is a retired American Army officer who served as the 22nd Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army.[1] He was appointed to this assignment on July 12, 2007 and was the first Southern Baptist chaplain to be promoted to the position of Chief of Chaplains in more than 50 years.[2][3]


Carver holds theology degrees from the University of Tennessee and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.[1]

He was originally commissioned in the field artillery and served with the 4th Infantry Division as a company grade officer in various artillery positions. He left active duty, but served with the Army Reserve for five additional years.[1]

Upon returning to active duty in 1984, he attended the Chaplain Corps officer basic course and began his career in the chaplaincy. Before serving as Deputy Chief of Chaplains in September 2005, he was director of training at the Chaplain Center and School at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He was also a senior chaplain for V Corps and Combined Joint Task Force 7 in Germany and Iraq from 2002 through 2004.[1] In his current position as Director of Chaplaincy with the North American Mission Board (the endorsing agent for the Southern Baptist Convention), he is responsible for overseeing 2,700 chaplains around the world.[2]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Ranger Tab.svg Ranger Tab
United States Air Force Parachutist Badge.svg Basic Parachutist Badge
AirAssault.svg Air Assault Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
USArmyChapCorRegInsignia.png U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Distinctive Unit Insignia
V Corps.svg V Corps Combat Service Identification Badge
ArmyOSB.jpg 2 Overseas Service Bars
Army Distinguished Service Medal[1]
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit (with one bronze oak leaf cluster)
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)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal (with one bronze oak leaf cluster)
Army Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Army Superior Unit Award
Bronze star
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal (with two bronze service stars)
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 3.png Overseas Service Ribbon (with award numeral 3)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Tice, Jim (May 14, 2007). "New chief of chaplains nominated". The Army Times. 
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 

Military offices
Preceded by
Jerome A. Haberek
Deputy Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army
2005 – 2007
Succeeded by
Donald L. Rutherford
Preceded by
David H. Hicks
Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army
2007 – 2011
Succeeded by
Donald L. Rutherford