Portsmouth chaplain called to serve as next Chaplain of the Coast Guard

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Capt. Gary P. Weeden, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy, currently assigned as the U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area Command’s Chaplain has been selected as the next Chaplain of the U.S. Coast Guard. Captain Weeden will be assigned to the Coast Guard’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and report directly to the Commandant of the Coast Guard.

As Chaplain of the Coast Guard, Capt. Weeden will: advise the Commandant on the accommodation of religious support; advocate for and promote the well-being of all Coast Guard personnel; serve as command liaison to civilian religious leaders and agencies; and provide leadership to all chaplains assigned throughout the Coast Guard.

Portsmouth, VA. - Captain Gary Weeden, CHC USN, Coast Guard Atlantic Area Chaplain poses with his assistant Ms. Yvonne Jones. US Coast Guard Photo

Chaplain Weeden has held a variety of operational and staff assignments in the Coast Guard, Navy and Marine Corps. Throughout his career, Chaplain Weeden has provided spiritual guidance to individuals and their families to help balance their personal lives with the demands of military service.

“As in our Chaplain motto ‘Vocati ad Servitium – Called to Serve,’ it’s a privilege to be called to serve and champion the spiritual well-being of our Coast Guard men, women and families,” said Weeden,

A native of Northern Virginia, Capt. Weeden enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard after graduating from Annandale High School and served as a Marine Science Technician from 1977-1981. Later he served as a Staff Sgt. in the Oregon Air National Guard. He was commissioned a chaplain in 1987.

The chaplain holds a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Washington Bible College, Lanham, Md., a Master of Divinity from Western Seminary, Portland, Ore., a Master of Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Ill., and a Master of Arts in National Strategy and Security Studies from the Naval War College, Newport, R.I.

“Capt. Weeden’s professional expertise and leadership will greatly assist the Coast Guard in executing our vast missions and managing future challenges,” said Adm. Thad W. Allen, Commandant of the Coast Guard.

Weeden will relieve Capt. William (Bill) F. Cuddy Jr., Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy, during a ceremony early this summer.

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