Chief of Chaplains of the United States Navy

Chief of Chaplains of the
United States Navy
RADM Margaret G. Kibben

since August 2, 2014
Formation November 5, 1917
First holder CAPT John B. Frazier
Website Official Website
House Chaplain James Shera Montgomery and Speaker William Bankhead welcome Navy Chief of Chaplains Edward A. Duff, the first Navy chaplain in 117 years (since 1820) to open a House session as guest chaplain, March 25, 1937

The Chief of Chaplains of the United States Navy (CHC) is the Senior Chaplain in the Navy, the Head of the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps, and the Director of Religious Ministry Support for the Department of the Navy.[1] He or she advises the Commandant of the Marine Corps, the Chief of Naval Operations, and the Commandant of the Coast Guard "on all matters pertaining to religion within the Navy, United States Marine Corps, and United States Coast Guard."[2]

The position was created in 1917 to "provide a system of appointing qualified and professional chaplains that meet the needs of the Navy".[3][4] The current CCHN is Rear Admiral Margaret G. Kibben, the first woman to hold this office.

U.S. Navy Chiefs of Chaplains

Name Photo Term began Term ended
1. CAPT John B. Frazier November 5, 1917 November 1921
2. CAPT Evan W. Scott November 1921 July 1926
3. CAPT Curtis H. Dickins July 1926 July 1929
4. CAPT Sidney K. Evans July 1929 July 1935
5. CAPT Edward A. Duff July 1935 July 1937
6. CAPT Robert D. Workman July 1937 July 1945
7. CAPT William N. Thomas July 1945 September 1949
8. RADM Staton W. Salisbury September 1949 February 1953
9. RADM Edward B. Harp, Jr. February 1953 June 1958
10. RADM George A. Rosso June 1958 July 1962
11. RADM Joseph F. Dreith July 1962 July 1965
12. RADM James W. Kelly July 1965 July 1970
13. RADM Francis L. Garrett July 1970 July 1975
14. RADM John J. O'Connor July 1975 May 1979
15. RADM Ross H. Trower May 1979 August 1983
16. RADM Neil M. Stevenson[5] August 1983 August 1985
17. RADM John R. McNamara August 1985 June 1988
18. RADM Alvin B. Koeneman June 1988 August 1991
19. RADM David E. White August 1991 August 1994
20. RADM Donald K. Muchow August 1994 August 1997
21. RADM A. Byron Holderby, Jr. August 1997 August 2000
22. RADM Barry C. Black[6] August 2000 August 15, 2003
23. RADM Louis V. Iasiello August 16, 2003 June 22, 2006
24. RADM Robert F. Burt June 23, 2006 August 26, 2010
25. RADM Mark L. Tidd August 27, 2010 August 1, 2014
26. RADM Margaret G. Kibben August 2, 2014 Incumbent

Chief of Chaplains hallway

Chaplains Trower, Stevenson, Koeneman, White, and Black at the dedication of the Chief of Chaplains Hallway

A hallway to honor former Chiefs of Navy Chaplain Corps was dedicated at the Navy Annex, in Arlington, Va., in 2004. Five former Chiefs of Chaplains were present at the dedication ceremony, including Barry C. Black, Alvin B. Koeneman, Neil M. Stevenson, Ross H. Trower, and David F. White.[7]

See also


  1. SECNAVINST 1730.1B, retrieved May 13, 2011.
  2. OPNAVINST 1730.1D, retrieved May 12, 2011.
  3. Navy Chiefs of Chaplains Roster List. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  4. "Ceremony Establishes Naval Chaplains School", (USN official website), 4/17/2007. By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) John Osborne, Naval Personnel Development Command Public Affairs. Retrieved 2010-08-18.
  5. Stevenson died November 21, 2009, in Williamsburg, Va. He was deputy chief of chaplains from 1980 to 1983. "Former Navy Chief of Chaplains Dies", (USN official website), 11/25/2009. By Capt. Greg Caiazzo, Chaplain Corps Public Affairs. Retrieved 2009-12-03.
  6. He is currently serving as Chaplain of the United States Senate. "Barry C. Black - Chaplain". United States Senate website. Retrieved 2010-08-18.
  7. Navy News Service – Eye on the Fleet, (USN official website), April 26, 2004. Retrieved 2009-12-03.
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