Naval Chaplaincy School Conducts Change of Command

Story Number: NNS170405-14Release Date: 4/5/2017 12:40:00 PM
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By Lt. Cmdr. Matt Weems, Naval Chaplaincy School and Center Public Affairs

FORT JACKSON, S.C (NNS) -- Capt. Steve R. Moses relieved Capt. Mark W. Smith as the commanding officer of Naval Chaplaincy School and Center (NCSC), March 31.

Chief of Chaplains, Rear Admiral Margaret G. Kibben was the guest speaker. She spoke about the authority and responsibility of the commanding officer to those in attendance.

"The welfare of the crew, the success and the failure of the command rest squarely on the shoulders of the commanding officer," said Kibben.

Kibben referred to the authority and responsibility of the commanding officer as a garment or mantle to be worn and reflected upon.

She challenged Capt. Moses to, "Wear the mantle, and do so with authority, with the responsibility that has been granted to you by the One who is the author of all these things."

During Smith's tenure as commanding officer, NCSC staff received nine total awards for training excellence by Navy Education and Training Command (NETC). Rear Adm. Mike White, Commander, NETC, presented Smith with the Legion of Merit award for equipping more than 4,000 chaplains and RPs to provide the highest standard of pastoral care to those in the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

During his remarks, White reflected on the importance of the mission at NCSC for fleet readiness and resiliency of Sailors and Marines.

"I charged Mark to bring us the next generation of Religious Ministry Professionals and send them out to the fleet where a Sailor or Marine on their very worst day needs comfort and care," said White. "Training these men and women to go out and provide guidance and counsel to make them resilient in a time of great stress is an important mission."

Smith stated his confidence in the NCSC staff to execute the mission and excel under Capt. Moses' leadership.

"The honor of leading this incredible crew is represented in the award citation -- it is really about the caring, mission and people focused, drive of this team. I could not be more proud of them. I have zero doubt they will continue to excel under the able leadership of their new CO, Captain Steve Moses!"

Smith and Moses took turns reading their orders to the audience, which represents the official command turnover. After the exchange of command, Moses addressed CNETC, the audience and staff.

Moses spoke about having a passion for excellence focused in four priorities: Professionalism, Professional Naval Chaplaincy, Professional Development and Professional Satisfaction.

"Admiral White, we pledge to make your vision our vision. To be a global leader the rapid development and delivery of effective leading edge training," said Moses. "We will train leaders here. We will train leaders that are prepared to lead in the 21st Century -- I believe that we can do the mission, accomplish the mission and fulfill all that is required of us and still have fun."

NCSC, the only command in the Navy Chaplain Corps, is responsible for the education and professional development of chaplains and religious program specialists (RP) and is co-located with the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School.

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