Chief of Chaplains of the
United States Army
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Seal of the United States Army Chaplain Corps
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Flag of the Chief of Chaplains
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Incumbent
CH (MG) Thomas L. Solhjem

since May 31, 2019
U.S. Army Chaplain Corps
Army Staff[1]
AbbreviationCCHS
Reports toChief of Staff of the Army
AppointerThe President
with Senate advice and consent
Constituting instrumentNational Defense Act of 1920
10 U.S.C. § 7073
FormationJune 4, 1920
First holderCH (COL) John T. Axton
DeputyDeputy Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army
WebsiteOfficial Website

The Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army (CCH) is the chief supervising officer of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps. (Chaplains do not hold commanding authority).[2] From 1775 to 1920, chaplains were attached to separate units. The Office of the Chief of Chaplains was created by the National Defense Act of 1920 in order to better organize the Chaplaincy.[3] The current CCH is Chaplain (Major General) Thomas L. Solhjem.

U.S. Army Chiefs of Chaplains

No. Name Photo Denomination Term began Term ended
1 CH (COL) John T. Axton
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Congregational July 15, 1920 April 6, 1928
2 CH (COL) Edmund P. Easterbrook
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Methodist April 7, 1928 December 22, 1929
3 CH (COL) Julian E. Yates
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Northern Baptist December 23, 1929 December 22, 1933
4 CH (COL) Alva J. Brasted
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Baptist December 23, 1933 December 22, 1937
5 CH (MG) William R. Arnold
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Roman Catholic December 23, 1937 February 14, 1945
6 CH (MG) Luther D. Miller
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Episcopalian April 12, 1945 August 1, 1949
7 CH (MG) Roy H. Parker
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Southern Baptist August 2, 1949 May 27, 1952
8 CH (MG) Ivan L. Bennett
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Southern Baptist May 28, 1952 April 30, 1954
9 CH (MG) Patrick J. Ryan
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Roman Catholic May 1, 1954 October 30, 1958
10 CH (MG) Frank A. Tobey
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American Baptist November 1, 1958 October 31, 1962
11 CH (MG) Charles E. Brown, Jr.
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United Methodist November 1, 1962 July 31, 1967
12 CH (MG) Francis L. Sampson
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Roman Catholic August 1, 1967 July 31, 1971
13 CH (MG) Gerhardt W. Hyatt
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Lutheran August 3, 1971 July 29, 1975
14 CH (MG) Orris E. Kelly
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Methodist August 1, 1975 July 1, 1979
15 CH (MG) Kermit D. Johnson
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United Presbyterian July 2, 1979 June 30, 1982
16 CH (MG) Patrick J. Hessian
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Roman Catholic July 1, 1982 June 30, 1986
17 CH (MG) Norris L. Einertson
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Lutheran July 1, 1986 August 26, 1990
18 CH (MG) Matthew A. Zimmerman, Jr.
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National Baptist Convention August 27, 1990 August 6, 1994
19 CH (MG) Donald W. Shea
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Roman Catholic August 7, 1994 May 31, 1999
20 CH (MG) Gaylord T. Gunhus
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Lutheran Brethren July 1, 1999 July 28, 2003
21 CH (MG) David H. Hicks
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Presbyterian August 16, 2003 July 11, 2007
22 CH (MG) Douglas L. Carver
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Southern Baptist July 12, 2007 July 21, 2011
23 CH (MG) Donald L. Rutherford
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Roman Catholic July 22, 2011 May 21, 2015
24 CH (MG) Paul K. Hurley
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Roman Catholic May 22, 2015 May 30, 2019
25 CH (MG) Thomas L. Solhjem
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Assemblies of God May 31, 2019 Incumbent
2008 meeting of current and former Army Chiefs of Chaplains, Arlington, VA
2008 meeting of current and former Army Chiefs of Chaplains, Arlington, VA

See also

References

  1. ^ 10 U.S.C. § 7031 - The Army Staff: function; composition.
  2. ^ Army Command Policy (PDF). Department of the Army. 2010.
  3. ^ Army Birthdays. Retrieved July 6, 2010.