Rear Adm. Carey H. Cash, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, graduated from The Citadel in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and was named First-Team All American for Division 1-AA Football. Answering the call to ministry, he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and earned his Master of Divinity degree in 1998. He completed a Master of Theology with a concentration in ethics from Boston University in 2008 and a Doctor of Ministry from The Catholic University of America in 2017.
His operational tours include battalion chaplain to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment where he provided ministry to infantry Marines during the opening months of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). He then served as chaplain to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment after which he was chosen by the Navy’s chief of chaplains to receive the Military Chaplains Distinguished Service Award for Ministry to Marines. He also served as command chaplain aboard USS San Jacinto (CG 56), deploying to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom carrier operations and oil-platform defense; officer in charge of the Mobile Support Team for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Forward – Afghanistan; command chaplain aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and for Carrier Strike Group 3, deploying in support of U.S. 7th Fleet operations; and force and fleet chaplain for United States Naval Forces Central Command/ U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain, where he coordinated religious ministry for all Navy chaplains afloat and ashore serving in the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility.
Cash’s shore assignments include deputy director, Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) Europe; command chaplain to Naval Support Facility Thurmont, Camp David, Maryland; deputy command chaplain at the U.S. Naval Academy, and most recently, commanding officer, Naval Chaplaincy School, in Newport, Rhode Island. Cash assumed his current duties as the 21st Chaplain of the Marine Corps and Deputy Chief of Chaplains in May, 2022.