Navy Biography

Rear Admiral Louis V. Iasiello

Chaplain Corps, United States Navy
23rd Chief of Navy Chaplains

Rear Admiral Louis V. Iasiello Rear Admiral Iasiello is an alumnus of St. Bonaventure University. He has earned graduate degrees from Niagara University (Education), the Washington Theological Union (Divinity), Salve Regina College (International Relations), and the Naval War College (National Security and Strategic Studies), and is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Managers in Government Program, Harvard University. He has also earned a Ph.D. (Humanities) from Salve Regina College. His dissertation is entitled: Jus In Bello: Key Issues for a Contemporary Assessment of Just Behavior in War. He has been published in numerous periodicals and books, most recently in the Naval War College Review (Summer/Fall 04): Jus Post Bellum: Moral Obligations of the Victors of War. Commissioned as a Navy Chaplain Lieutenant (Junior Grade) in the Naval Reserves in 1981, Iasiello was recalled to active duty July 1983. His active duty assignments include: Naval Air Station, Memphis (83-85); U.S. Coast Guard, Kodiak, Alaska (85-86); USS Ranger (CV-61) deployed in Operation Earnest Will, and in other deployments to Korea and the Persian Gulf (86-87); Second Marine Division; (8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Regiment, Marine Forces Panama) including two deployments to Norway, Operation Just Cause, Panama, and with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Special Operations Capable [MEU SOC] (87-90). Other assignments include: Naval War College Command and Staff, distinguished military graduate (90-91); United States Naval Academy, staff and faculty (91-94); Joint Task Force 160 (Cuba and Haiti); Armed Forces Staff College (94); Assistant Fleet Chaplain, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and Deputy Chaplain, U. S. Atlantic Command (94-97); Director for Operational Ministry, Atlantic Fleet (97-98); and Director, Naval Chaplains School (98-00). After selection to flag rank, Rear Adm. Iasiello became the first Chaplain Corps flag officer to be appointed Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps (00-03). The Senate confirmed his appointment as the 23rd Chief of Navy Chaplains, July 2003. As the Chief of Chaplains he is the community leader for more than 2,400 active and reserve chaplains and Religious Program Specialists serving the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Other duties include membership on the Presbyteral Council of the Archdiocese for the Military Services (since 1994), the Board of Trustees of Saint Bonaventure University (since 2000), the Board of Directors of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, and the Board of Advisors for the Institute on Religion and Public Policy (2004). He delivered the annual Henry Hofheimer Lecture to the students, staff and faculty of the Joint Forces Staff College and was the keynote speaker at the 2005 Annual Ethics Conference at the Naval War College.

Personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (Gold Star in lieu of second award), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards); Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Coast Guard Commendation Medal; Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal; the Combat Action Ribbon and numerous other unit and service citations and awards.
Updated: 13 July 2006