LT Luke Dundon, CHC, USN
Father Luke Dundon
Chaplain Dundon, a native of Northern Virginia, entered the United States Naval Academy in 1999. He was a Trident Scholar with the Physics Department his first class year, and pursued studies in astronomy and astrophysics. He earned a Bachelor of Science (Physics) from the USNA in 2003, service-selecting submarines. After commissioning, he reported for graduate education with the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy, focusing his Master of Science on planetary physics.
He began seminary in 2005 at Mt St Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. In 2007, his bishop moved him to Rome. During his studies overseas, he returned for the Navy Chaplain School in Newport, Rhode Island in Summer 2008. In 2011 he earned a Masters of Divinity from the Pontifical North American College in Vatican City, focusing on moral theology.
LT Dundon was ordained a Roman Catholic priest for the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia in June 2011. He was assigned as a parochial vicar to St. Philip’s Church in Falls Church, Virginia, conducting bi-lingual ministry to a diverse English and Spanish-speaking population. In May 2014 he was commissioned as a U.S. Navy Chaplain (Lieutenant) and was assigned to USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD-6) in Sasebo, Japan, as ship’s chaplain. Onboard with a senior chaplain and two RP’s, Chaplain Dundon ministered to a combined Navy and Marine Corps population from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, deploying four times to various countries of Asia and the Western Pacific.
In October 2016, he detached from BONHOMME RICHARD and reported to the Third Marine Air Wing in Miramar, California, for duty as a chaplain with Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16. He participated in numerous training exercises in Miramar, Yuma, Twenty Nine Palms, and Camp Pendleton. For 10 months he was the only Roman Catholic Chaplain for I Marine Expeditionary Force, comprising all Marines of the southwestern United States.
In January 2018, Chaplain Dundon was tasked from MAG 16 to deploy with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) for a Western Pacific deployment onboard USS ESSEX (LHD-2). While deployed, LT Dundon ministered to 4400 Marines and Sailors across three ships. He also flew with his squadron into Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. His squadron was the first to deploy the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter for operations in the Middle East.
After return from deployment in March 2019, Chaplain Dundon detached from Third Marine Air Wing and reported to the United States Naval Academy in April 2019. He currently serves as Fourth Battalion Chaplain and oversees the Catholic Midshipmen Extra Curricular Activities.
His qualifications include the Fleet Marine Force pin. His awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (gold star in lieu of second award), National Defense Service, and Global War on Terrorism (Expeditionary).