With more than 262 active duty chaplains, chaplain assistants and religious program specialists, the command chaplain and staff oversees religious support to EUCOM’s service members. They coordinate with all service components and any joint task force command chaplains to meet the religious needs of EUCOM’s constituencies. Chaplain programs also reunite warriors and their families, providing appropriate care upon redeployment from combat operations.
Equally important, EUCOM’s command chaplain engages with long-established and newly emerging chaplaincies of the 51 nations within EUCOM’s area of responsibility, helping to establish chaplaincies within nations where they don’t yet exist. The annual EUCOM International Military Chiefs of Chaplains Conference, and NATO Chaplains Operations Course, aid in this process.
The command chaplain’s vision includes a “whole of government” approach by forging non-military partnerships that increase religious harmony and establish contact with faith-based institutions and NGOs to aid humanitarian assistance and other relevant programs. It also engages local national civilian and military religious leaders to promote religious cooperation and regional stability.
Religious freedom contributes to regional stability. Where there is religious or ethnic tension, religious leaders can help mitigate these tensions, and the command chaplain engages other nations’ religious leaders to help them in those efforts. In everything its staff does, the command chaplain advocates for justice, human dignity and religious freedom.
Address: HQ USEUCOM/ECCH, Unit 30400, APO AE 09131
Comm: +49 (0)711-680-5151
Fax: +49 (0)711-680-8680