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CHAPLAIN, COLONEL KELVIN G. GARDNER

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Chaplain, Colonel Kelvin G. Gardner is Command Chaplain, Headquarters, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. As the Command Chaplain, he advises and represents the ACC commander on all aspects of the Chaplain Corps mission. He ensures ACC Chaplains and Chaplain Assistants are ready and prepared for global deployment. He is responsible for providing functional leadership to all ACC bases and other chaplain units, to include developing chaplain policies, plans, programs, readiness and contingency requirements, and religious support for more than 225 Chaplain Corps members serving 143,527 Total Force Airmen at 34 wings, 19 bases, and over 70 operating locations worldwide. He is responsible for all Chaplain Corps programs within the command providing Airmen and their families with spiritual care and opportunities   for   the   free   exercise   of   religion.   The    Command Chaplain's staff responsibilities include personnel, manpower, assignments, readiness, plans and programs, Air Force chapels, and financial resources.

 

Chaplain Gardner graduated from the United States Military Academy and received a direct commission in the United States Army. He has 33 years of active duty and reserve service. He has served as an Army Combat Arms Officer, Army Research and Development Division Chief, Chaplain Corps College instructor, Expeditionary Group Chaplain, and Wing Chaplain in locations such as Louisiana, Texas, Washington, D.C, United Kingdom, Albania and Afghanistan. During his Air Force Intern assignment as an Action Officer for Military Funeral Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Chaplain Gardner provided pastoral and logistic support to the victims’ families of the September 11, 2001 Pentagon terrorist attack at the Pentagon Family Assistance Center, Crystal City, Va.

 

Chaplain Gardner is endorsed to the military chaplaincy as a Greek Orthodox priest of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. Prior to his current position, he was the Command Chaplain, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, CO.

 

EDUCATION

 

1984 Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.                                 

1992 Master of Divinity, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

1993 Master of Theology, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Ky.

2002 Master of Arts, The George Washington University, Washington D.C.

2002 Air Force Intern Program, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

2006 Master of Military Operational Art & Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB), Ala.

2011 Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2016 Master of Arts, University of Balamand, Balamand Al Kurah, Lebanon.

ASSIGNMENTS

 

1. August 1984 - December 1984, Student, Air Defense Officer Basic Course, United States Army Air Defense Artillery School, Fort Bliss, Texas.

2. December 1984 - September 1985, Redeye Platoon Leader, D Battery, 1st Battalion, 55th Air Defense Artillery, Fort Polk, La.

3. September 1985 - April 1986, Chaparral Platoon Leader, D Battery, 1st Battalion, 55th Air Defense Artillery, Fort Polk, La.

4. April 1986 - March 1987, Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Division Commander (Support), 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Polk, La.

5. March 1987 - December 1987, Battalion Adjutant (S-1), 1st Battalion, 55th Air Defense Artillery, Fort Polk, La.

6. January 1988 - May 1988, Student, Air Defense Officer Advanced Course, United States Army Air Defense Artillery School, Fort Bliss,  Texas.

7. June 1988 - October 1988, Branch Chief, Forward Area Air Defense Systems Division, United States Army Air Defense Artillery School, Fort Bliss, Texas.

8. October 1988 - August 1989, Deputy, Forward Area Air Defense Systems Division, United States Army Air Defense Artillery School, Fort Bliss, Texas.

9. August 1989 - May 1990, Air Defense Officer, United States Army Reserve Personnel Center, Saint Louis, Mo.

10. June 1990 - September 1995, Chaplain Candidate, 9017 Air Reserve Squadron, United States Air Reserve Personnel Center, Denver, Colo.

11. September 1995 - May 1998, Protestant Chaplain, McGuire AFB, N.J.

12. June 1998 - July 2000, Protestant Chaplain, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va  (June 1999 - July 1999, Group Chaplain, 3rd Air Expeditionary Group, Tirana, Albania)

13. August 2000 - May 2002, Air Force Intern, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

14. June 2002 - May 2003, Protestant Chaplain, RAF Lakenheath, UK

15. June 2003 - July 2005, Senior Protestant Chaplain, RAF Lakenheath, UK

16. August 2005 - June 2006, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Ala.

17. July 2006 - September 2006, Staff Chaplain, AF/HC Resource Board, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Ala.

18. October 2006 - May 2008, Instructor, Chaplain Service Institute, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Ala.

19. May 2008 - August 2010, Wing Chaplain, 92 Air Refueling Wing, Fairchild AFB, WA (May 2009 - September 2009, Wing Chaplain, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan)

20. August 2010 - May 2011, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Ala.

21. June 2011 - June 2013, Staff Chaplain, Plans and Programs, Office of the Command Chaplain, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, San Antonio, Texas.

22. July 2013 - July 2014, Executive Officer to Air Force Chief of Chaplains, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

23. August 2014 to June 2015, Chaplain, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (Provisional), Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility Washington, Md.

24. June 2015 to May 2016, Center Chaplain, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, JB San Antonio - Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

25. June 2016 - June 2018, Command Chaplain, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colorado Springs, Colo.

26. July 2018 to present, Command Chaplain, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Medal with seven oak leaf clusters

Joint Service Commendation Medal

AF Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster

Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster

U.S. Army Parachutist Badge

U.S. Army Air Assault Badge

Distinguished Graduate, Air Command and Staff College, 2006

 

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

 

Second Lieutenant      May 23, 1984

First Lieutenant           November 1, 1985

Captain                          February 1, 1994

Major                             April 1, 2003

Lieutenant Colonel      August 1, 2009

Colonel                          November 1, 2014

 

(Current as July 2018)