Chaplain of the United States Coast Guard

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Chaplain of the
United States Coast Guard
Thomas J. Walcott.jpg
CAPT Thomas J. Walcott

since April 12, 2018
First holderCAPT Eddy B. Moran
WebsiteOfficial Website

The Chaplain of the United States Coast Guard (CHCG) is the senior chaplain of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and is attached to USCG headquarters in Washington, D.C. as a United States Navy Chaplain Corps officer who reports directly to the Commandant of the Coast Guard. The current Chaplain of the Coast Guard is Captain Thomas Walcott, USN.[1]


The Chaplain of the Coast Guard serves as the Commandant's senior advisor on matters pertaining to chaplains and the free exercise of religion as enshrined in First Amendment to the United States Constitution as exercised by USCG personnel and their eligible family members. Chaplains provide religious ministry, advocate for and promote the well-being of USCG personnel, and serve as command liaison officers to civilian religious leaders, communities, organizations and agencies. The duties of the office are described in the Commandant's Religious Ministries in the Coast Guard instruction.[2]

The USCG does not have an organic chaplain corps; chaplains from the United States Navy Chaplain Corps are assigned to the USCG to serve in USCG billets (see United States usage).[3] Traditionally, documents such as the USCG Chaplains Orientation Manual provided guidance for Navy chaplains assigned to USCG duties.[4] Chaplains are clergy who hail from many different faiths and denominations and may be ordained or appointed as ministers, priests, imams, and rabbis by their denomination.

U.S. Coast Guard Chaplains

NamePhotoTerm beganTerm ended
1.CAPT Eddy B. Moran19831986
2.CAPT Richard A. Plishker19861989
3.CAPT James G. Goode19891992
4.CAPT Thomas K. Chadwick19921995
5.CAPT Skip Blancett19951998
6.CAPT Leroy Gilbert19982002
7.CAPT Wilbur C. Douglass, III20022006
8.CAPT William F. Cuddy, Jr.20062010
9.CAPT Gary P. WeedenGaryWeeden.jpgJune 11, 2010March 2014
10.CAPT Gregory N. ToddChaplain Gregory N. Todd.JPGJune 23, 2014April 12, 2018
11.CAPT Thomas J. WalcottThomas J. Walcott.jpgApril 12, 2018Incumbent

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