deputy garrison chaplain for soldier and family ministries at fort belvoir va resume example with 19 years of experience

Jessica Claire
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (555) 432-1000,
Professional Summary

Clinical Pastoral Education Trained Chaplain possessing in-depth knowledge of principles, methods and procedures for intervention and treatment especially for those with Traumatic Stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sexual Assault, or Spiritual Issues. Comfortable working autonomously or in a team-based setting. Mental Health Chaplain Counselor specializing in Creative Arts and Spirituality Therapies. Responsible self-starter who communicates well and is dedicated to improving the well-being of clients. Extensive knowledge of Military Deployment Issues and Military Family Issues.

Skill Highlights
  • Specialized training in grief counseling
  • Superior communication skills
  • Psychiatric population familiarity
  • Outreach programming specialist
  • Outreach programming specialist
  • Family therapy background
  • Exceptional problem solver
  • Exceptional problem solver
  • Suicide precautions expertise
  • Excel in areas of Traumatic Stress, Post Traumatic Stress, Sexual Assault Response, Relaxation Techniques, Spiritual Fitness and Spiritual Formation
  • Staff development
  • Change management
  • Policy/program development
  • Staff training
  • Upper-level management training
  • Secret Security Clearance
  • Excellent team-builder
  • Conflict resolution
  • Microsoft Office
  • Quick learner
  • Training and development
  • Operations management
  • Customer relations specialist
  • Natural leader
  • Customer service-focused
  • Crisis intervention and
  • Calm under pressure
  • Supervision and training
  • Human services professional
  • 35 years of training in Music & Creative Arts Therapies

Project Management:

Initiated The Spiritual Fitness Initiative Mission which resulted in hundreds of people learning about the medical basis of Traumatic and Post Traumatic Stress.

Human Resources:

Spearheaded new training program which promoted adult learning in the areas of Sexual Assault Prevention; Suicide Prevention and Spiritual Formation for deployed chaplains and their assistants along with accountability of standards for inspection.

Staff Development:

Launched well-received "An Evening with Programs" which promoted spiritual, educational and relational congregational interactivity for the garrison.

Mentored and coached Directorate of Ministry and Pastoral Care employees resulting in a 20% increase in productivity.

Professional Experience
07/2009 to Current Deputy Garrison Chaplain for Soldier and Family Ministries at Fort Belvoir, VA United States Army | City, STATE,

Design, implement and execute different kinds of ministries for the Fort Belvoir Community to include but not limited to:

lectures, educational events, marriage and family events, spiritual formation and religious education. Perform worship experiences to include the sacraments, preaching, liturgy, high holy days. Individual and group counseling specializing in Traumatic Stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Sexual Assault. Member of the Emergency Operations Center. Instructor in iconography and other spiritual direction practices. Resource person for various ministries and congregations of Ft. Belvoir. Writer of annexes, memorandums of agreements, and letters of instruction. Supervises hundreds of volunteers. Officer in charge of Woodlawn Chapel and the Warehouse. Works with a diverse population from infants to retirees.

07/2008 to 06/2009 Command Chaplain Area Support Group-Kuwait United States Army | City, STATE,

Served as the Command Chaplain for the Area Support Group-Kuwait for the forward deployed, permanent U.S. presence in Kuwait in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Provided Title X religious support to a command and control sustaining operations of force projection, staging, and onward movement with over 20,000 Joint Military, Civilians, Contractors and Family Members in Kuwait. Provided direct and/or general support to six base camp programs. Managed a $100K budget for religious support provided by the Kuwaitis. Supervised 45 chaplains and their chaplain assistants from two different National Guard Rotations. Provided training for command and chaplains to include: Suicide Prevention, Combat Stress Training, Sexual Assault Prevention and Reporting Training, Leadership, Re-integration Training, Mentoring, Spirituality Sustainment, Cultural Sensitivity and Team building. Managed daily operations of Zone One Chapel and was Senior Protestant Chaplain in Theater. Oversight of 2,743 Title X Worship Services for over 57,000 persons to include: Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Wiccan. Personally performed over 1,500 counseling sessions which included Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Bullying, Toxic Command Climate, Marital Issues and Suicidality. Handled the most difficult and diverse religious issues encountered by the Commander in 22 years of military service along with several investigations of toxic command climates of deployed units.

05/2003 to 05/2008 Clinical Pastoral Education Resident to Senior Clinician at Walter Reed Army Medical Center United States Army | City, STATE,

Served as the Senior Chaplain Clinician, Department of Ministry and Pastoral Care (DMPC) for Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), the largest US military medical center. Worked with Families to meet the needs of the Wounded Warriors before there was a Soldier Family Assistance Center (SFAC) to include issues with young parents. Sat on the design team for the SFAC. Supervised 18 ward chaplains, 5 Chaplain Pastoral Education residents, and 5 chaplain candidates who performed ministry to the hospital staff, patients and their families. Provided pastoral care to five cancer wards, the VIP ward and Nursing Leadership while Senior Clinician. Clinical pastoral care consultant to medical care providers and staff to include NARMC Commander and Hospital Command. Completed 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) along with coursework for Doctorate of Ministry. Provided ministry to all intensive care units, psychiatric units, cardiac units and pediatric units for 3 1/2 years. Served 18 months as a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor in training. Pioneered, developed and executed two major Spirituality and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symposiums for the medical professionals throughout the MEDCOM along with including local VA Hospital Staff and Clinicians. Symposiums hosted 8 world renowned experts in the PTSD field to present to a world-wide audience via VTC with over 500 in attendance. Over 1,000 hours of program planning and development were included in the holistic nature of training and treatment of Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) patient care of PTSD. Personally instructed 64 professional classes in 10 different disciplines Officer in Charge (OIC) of the hospital chapel with oversight of the Jewish, Muslim, Catholic and Protestant Communities. Worked with staff on issues of self-care and secondary PTSD and treatment. Responsible for budgets ranging from 95K to 105K.

01/2002 to 05/2003 Command Chaplain 20th Area Support Group/Area IV at Camp Walker, ROK United States Army | City, STATE,

Command Chaplain for Area IV and the 20th Area Support Group overseeing religious operations in the southern area of the Republic of Korea which included Daegu, Waegwon, and Buson, ROK. Supervisor for 6 chaplains, 6 chaplain assistants, 6 KATUSAs and 3 chapels. Pastor of the Collective Protestant and the Liturgical Protestant Worship

congregations and responsible for the Catholic and Gospel Congregations administratively. Oversaw financial operations of $600K NAF, $155K AF, $22M worth of religious facilities and contracting Officer Representative for $111K in AF and $45K in NAF Non-personal Services Contracts along with day to day operations. Serves on the Family Advocacy Committee for Area IV which reviewed Family Assault and Sexual Assault Cases. Worked with units on trafficking of sexual slaves from other countries before it became an issue on the cover of Time Magazine. Conducted Critical Incident De-briefing for the 160th SOAR when their Chinook went down and lost all 8 crew members to include the memorial service. Conducted intense counseling after 9-11 and performed the Memorial Services for Camp Carrol. Conducted intense grief counseling after the Subway Terrorist Attack when 200 Koreans were killed in Daegu in a subway fire. Counseled with multiple rape victims (male, female and children) while stationed in Korea. Responsible for the renovation of the Camp Walker Chapel at a $500K cost and secured funding for the Camp Walker Religious Education Building for $750K with matching funds from the Chief of Chaplains Office. Worked with multiple units on Suicide Prevention, Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Prevention of Sexual Assault.

Education and Training
Expected in 2015 to to Doctorate of Ministry | Pastoral Care and Counseling Oblates School of Theology, San Antonio, TX GPA:

Coursework is complete. Project/dissertation is in progress.

Expected in 1989 to to Master of Divinity | Ministry Saint Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, TX GPA:

Specialized in worship, liturgy and sacraments and pastoral counseling

Expected in 1981 to to Bachelor of Music Education-Music Therapy | Music Therapy & Music Education University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, Kansas City, TX GPA:

Double Major

Student Taught in North Kansas City MO School District K-12

Internship in Music Therapy at Moody State School for the Cerebral Palsied and Shriner's Burn Institute in Galveston TX

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School Attended

  • Oblates School of Theology
  • Saint Paul School of Theology
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music

Job Titles Held:

  • Deputy Garrison Chaplain for Soldier and Family Ministries at Fort Belvoir, VA
  • Command Chaplain Area Support Group-Kuwait
  • Clinical Pastoral Education Resident to Senior Clinician at Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  • Command Chaplain 20th Area Support Group/Area IV at Camp Walker, ROK


  • Doctorate of Ministry
  • Master of Divinity
  • Bachelor of Music Education-Music Therapy

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