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Chaplain of the Marine Corps


Chaplain of the Marine Corps

Headquarters Marine Corps

Rear Admiral Brent W. Scott, CHC, USN


Rear Admiral Brent W. Scott, CHC, USN, is the 19th Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps and the Deputy Chief of Navy Chaplains.

A native of Amarillo, Texas, Rear Admiral Scott graduated from West Texas A&M University in 1976, and he received a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1980.  After twelve years as a civilian pastor, he received a commission in the United States Navy and was assigned to the 3rd Marine Air Wing in Yuma, Arizona, where from 1992-1995, he served as the battalion chaplain for both the 2nd and the 1st Light Anti-aircraft Missile Battalions.  His next assignment was Naval Station Rota, Spain, where from 1995-1999, he served as chaplain for Marine Security Forces and the Naval Brig.  Rear Admiral Scott subsequently served Carrier Air Wing 7 in Oceana, Virginia, as the wing chaplain where he deployed with the Ike battle group for combat in the Mediterranean Sea, Adriatic Sea, and the Arabian Gulf from 1999-2001.  In 2002, Rear Admiral Scott received a Master of Theology from Duke University, and was then detailed to Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois, as a supervisory chaplain in one of the largest Religious Ministry Teams in the Navy.

From 2005-2007, Rear Admiral Scott was assigned as command chaplain to the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and Command Carrier Strike Group 7 for two combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).  He was then assigned to the Naval War College where he earned a degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.  Subsequent to graduation, Rear Admiral Scott served as deputy fleet chaplain, U.S. Fleet Forces Central Command in Norfolk, Virginia.  From 2009-2011, he was forward deployed as force chaplain to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and the fleet chaplain for U.S. Fifth Fleet supporting OIF, OEF, and Operation New Dawn (OND).  Upon return, Rear Admiral Scott was assigned as fleet chaplain to U.S. Pacific Fleet and command chaplain to U.S. Pacific Command in Honolulu, Hawaii, where Rear Admiral Scott had oversight of 500 Religious Support Teams across the service components.

Rear Admiral Scott’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with one gold star, the Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars, the Navy Commendation Medal with one gold star, and the Navy Achievement Medal with one gold star. 

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