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Navy Assumes Leadership of Armed Forces Chaplaincy Center

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FT. JACKSON, S.C. -- Army chaplain Col. David Smartt, commandant, United States Army Chaplain Center and School handed over being Director of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Center (AFCC) to Navy chaplain Capt. W. Kyle Fauntleroy, commanding officer, Naval Chaplaincy School and Center during a passing of the stole ceremony Aug 2.

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Navy Assumes Leadership of Armed Forces Chaplaincy Center

  1. 1. Naval Education and Training CommandNETC News Public Affairs Office (Code N00P) 250 Dallas Street Pensacola, FL 32508-5220FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 850.452.4858News Release #91-11 (DSN) 922.4858Aug 4, 2011 (FAX) 850.452.4900Contact: Steve Vanderwerff Navy Assumes Leadership of Armed Forces Chaplaincy CenterFT. JACKSON, S.C. -- Army chaplain Col. David Smartt, commandant, UnitedStates Army Chaplain Center and School handed over being Director of the ArmedForces Chaplaincy Center (AFCC) to Navy chaplain Capt. W. Kyle Fauntleroy,commanding officer, Naval Chaplaincy School and Center during a passing of thestole ceremony Aug 2.The passing of the stole isn’t a change of command ceremony. It’s a tangiblerepresentation that the responsibility of the director has passed from one chaplainto another.As the fourth director of the AFCC since it was established in 2009, Fauntleroyassumes the management and responsibility of providing technical leadership forthe center.“The Armed Forces Chaplaincy Center is, quite simply, an opportunity to join thegifts and graces of pastoral care professionals, to unite our experiences andlessons learned, and join our voices to the whispers and psalms of divine concernfor those serving just and humane causes in the most lethal environments increation,” Fauntleroy said. “Together, we attend to the voices, whispers and criesof those who sacrifice their lives and livelihood for others, and we validate theirstories, we institutionalize their experiences, we honor their service, so that those
  2. 2. who follow may remember, and learn, and hold life sacred across the face ofcreation from generation to generation.”In his comments during the ceremony, outgoing director Smartt spoke about thecollaborative nature of the center.“It has been my singular honor to have served as Director of the Armed ForcesChaplaincy Center. We feel particularly blessed to have the Navy Chaplain Schooland Center, the Air Force Chaplain Corps College, and the Army Chaplain Centerand School on this campus,” Smartt said. “The collaboration and cooperationcontinues to enrich the learning environment by helping us better understand theuniqueness of our services as we work together to ensure military servicemembers and families have the best in religious support.”The AFCC is the center for training of United States military chaplains. It wasestablished as a result of the 2005 Base Realignment Commission mandate for theNavy Chaplain School in Newport, R.I., the Religious Program Specialist “A” Schoolin Meridian, Miss., and the Air Force Chaplain Service Institute in Montgomery,Ala., to collocate to the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School in Ft. Jackson,S.C. The Army, Navy and Air Force chaplaincy schools remain independent, buttogether they form the AFCC. Each of the school’s commandant or commandingofficer has the opportunity to serve as Director of the AFCC for one year.For more information about the Naval Chaplaincy School and Center click on thelink https://www.netc.navy.mil/centers/chaplain/ -USN-Story by Cmdr. Yolanda Gillen, Naval Chapaincy School and Center Public Affairs

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