ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NNS) -- A Navy chaplain was promoted to the rank of captain by Chief of Naval Chaplains Rear Adm. Mark Tidd during a promotion ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel Sept. 3.
Capt. Michael Gore is the senior chaplain at the Naval Academy, leading a team of active duty chaplains, enlisted religious program specialists, civilian staff, and volunteers responsible for delivering counseling and ministry to 4,500 Midshipmen and the Annapolis public.
Promotions are a significant part of any military career and a central event to share with friends and family. Gore was accompanied by his wife and son, who serves in the U.S. Air Force. Gore's promotion to the rank of captain was one more milestone in a Navy career that began in 1995.
A native of Evansville, Ind., Gore worked for 12 years in civilian ministry before receiving his commission as a lieutenant. His first tour was with the Second Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Subsequent tours included Naval Station Rota, the Naval Chaplains School, USS Nassau (LHA 4) and the Chief of Naval Chaplains Office in Washington, D.C. His deployments included two West African training cruises, a 6th Fleet deployment, two deployments to the 5th Fleet region supporting the Global War on Terror, and one 13-month deployment to Afghanistan.
He has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two gold stars), the Navy Commendation Medal (gold star), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (gold star) and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
"I first met Gore on the USS Vicksburg (CG69) and was immediately impressed with his deep value and insight," said Tidd. "Chaplains are called to serve, and Gore has a heart for the people he has worked with."
For Gore, the presence of family, friends, and co-workers made the event more memorable.
"It has made it very special," said Gore. "I am grateful for the opportunity to have the privilege to continue to work with such a fine team."
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