Senior Chaplain * CAPT Michael Gore
Chaplain Gore was born in Evansville, Indiana on August 5, 1962. He holds a BA in Biblical Studies from Oakland City College, an M.Div. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He was ordained an Elder by the United Methodist Church in 1989.
Chaplain Gore's career in civilian ministry extended over a period of twelve years and included four pastorates scattered throughout southern Indiana. He received his commission as a Lieutenant in the Navy Chaplain Corps on December 7, 1995 and reported to the Chaplains Basic Course at Newport Rhode Island in February of 1996. Following graduation he was assigned to the Second Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he served with the Second Assault Amphibian Battalion and Battalion Landing Team 3/2, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Chaplain Gore reported to Naval Station Rota, Spain on November 11, 1998. In his capacity as Staff Chaplain he provided pastoral leadership to three worship communities, coordinated children’s ministries, women’s ministries, and new-join ministries, coordinated the Rota CREDO retreat’s ministry, served as the Protestant Flight Line Chaplain for Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Two, and served as the Chapel liaison to CINCSOUTHLANT in Lisbon, Portugal.
Upon detachment, Chaplain Gore was assigned as Command Chaplain USS VICKSBURG (CG 69). His duties include I Division Officer (INDOC), NCPACE Officer, LMRC Officer, and COMREL Coordinator.
Chaplain Gore reported as a student to the Naval War College in June of 2003 where he subsequently graduated with distinction. After graduation he was assigned to the Naval Chaplains School where he served as the Advanced Training Officer and Curriculum Officer in charge of course design and content development. Collateral duties included serving as an Adjunct Professor at the Naval War College teaching “Faith and Force: Religion War and Peace,” and providing pastoral leadership to the Protestant liturgical community aboard Naval Station Newport.
Chaplain Gore reported to USS NASSAU (LHA 4) on September 9, 2007 as Command Chaplain with additional duty as Strike Group Chaplain for Expeditionary Strike Group EIGHT. In that capacity, he deployed to the Arabian Sea in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. Upon completion of that assignment, he reported to the Chief of Navy Chaplains’ staff in Washington, D.C. where he served as Director for Policy responsible for coordinating policies governing professional naval chaplaincy and for serving as one of two subject matter experts responsible for developing Chaplain Corps training on the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DA/DT). As a member of the training team charged with training the Navy’s Master Mobile Training Teams, Chaplain Gore assisted in ensuring the standardized training of all Navy personnel on the repeal of DA/DT.
Following his tour in the Chief of Chaplains’ office, Chaplain Gore deployed for 13 months to Afghanistan where he served as Command Chaplain for NATO Training Mission Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan. Additional duties included service as the Senior Military Advisor to the Chief of the Afghan National Army’s Religious and Cultural Affairs (RCA) Department. Following the inadvertent burning of Korans by coalition forces in Afghanistan, Chaplain Gore was directly involved in developing training for all U.S. personnel on the proper handling of religious materials. In addition, with the rise in Afghan security force attacks on coalition forces, Chaplain Gore coordinated coalition and Afghan development of cultural understanding training delivered to all Afghan forces in order to foster greater Afghan tolerance of coalition cultural practices.
Upon returning from Afghanistan, Chaplain Gore was temporarily assigned to the Chief of Navy Chaplains as Special Projects Officer and cross assigned as a member of Task Force RESILIENT charged with examining Navy suicide prevention and resiliency promotion efforts. His deployments include two West African Training Cruises, a SIXTH Fleet deployment, two deployments to the FIFTH Fleet AOR supporting the Global War on Terror, and one deployment to Afghanistan.
Chaplain Gore was promoted to Captain in September 2013. Personal awards include 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. He is married to the former Pamela Sue Caldemeyer of Oakland City, Indiana. They have four children--Aaron, Caleb, Ashley, and Christina.