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Rear Admiral Terry W. Eddinger

Rear Adm. Terry Eddinger is a native of Thomasville, North Carolina. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gardner-Webb University in 1988; a Master of Divinity degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1990, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Old Testament from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1995. Commissioned in the U.S. Navy in 1995, he completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase I at the Naval War College and Advanced Joint Professional Military Education at the Joint Forces Staff College.

His reserve assignments include: assistant officer-in-charge, Marine Expeditionary Force Religious Unit (MEFREL) 109; officer-in-charge, MEFREL 109; district chaplain, District Five, USCG; deputy fleet chaplain, Commander, Pacific Fleet; deputy area chaplain, USCG Atlantic Area; officer–in-charge, MEFREL 107; group chaplain, 4th Marine Logistics Group; Force Chaplain, commander, Naval Installations Command; and fleet chaplain, Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet.

His mobilizations include division officer on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) with a 6-month Persian Gulf deployment (Operation Southern Watch); command chaplain, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 26 deployed to Rota, Spain (Operation Noble Eagle); command chaplain, Marine Aircraft Group 26, deployed to Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom); command chaplain, Marine Corps Air Base New River; command chaplain, Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Operation Enduring Freedom); and Deputy Force Chaplain, Marine Forces Reserve.
As a civilian, Eddinger serves as a humanitarian assistance advisor to the Military at the Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance, in the US Agency for International Development. 

Eddinger’s decorations and personal awards include the Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer Chaplain Insignia, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Coast Guard Commendation Medal (two awards), and various other service, campaign, unit, and personal awards.

Last Updated: 1 March 2024


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