LCDR Loren Crone, CHC, USN
US Naval Academy Operations Chaplain
Chaplain Loren Crone
Chaplain Loren Crone is from Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Northwood University (West Palm Beach, FL) in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He received his Master of Divinity Degree (M.Div.) in 2009 from Mid-American Baptist Theological Seminary. Chaplain Crone was commissioned as an Ensign, Chaplain Candidate Program Officer, in the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR), Navy June 2008. Chaplain Crone attended the Navy Officer Development School (ODS) in Newport, RI, in May 2009. In addition, LCDR Crone has earned a Master of Arts Degree in Public Policy and International Politics from Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, May 2013 and his Joint Professional Military Education, June 2015.
His first operational tour was Command Chaplain of the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA, January 2010. During his tour, he completed over 100 successful air and ground missions during two deployments in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).In 2013 Chaplain Crone executed orders to Marine Corps Base Quantico on 2 January 2013, assuming the Command Chaplain’s duties of the Marine Corps Embassy Security Battalion (MSG) and Protestant Contemporary Chapel service. He led the contemporary worship service and taught ethics and leadership at the MSG Schoolhouse. He traveled to more than fifty countries in support of MSG Marines and their families. In 2016, he received orders to Forward Deployed Naval Forces, Destroyer Squadron SIX ZERO (CDS60), Rota, Spain. Chaplain Crone manned, trained, and equipped four U.S. Destroyers with Religious Ministry Support. He deployed multiple times, maintaining a forty percent operational tempo over four years, mostly in the Sixth Fleet areas of operation. In 2018, he was selected as COMNAVSURFLANT Professional Navy Chaplain of the Year.
LCDR Crone was board selected for the Navy’s Funded Graduate Education Program for ethics. He attended Duke University where he pursued a Master of Theology degree. In June of 2019 Chaplain Crone arrived at the United States Naval Academy and assumed the responsibilities of the Operations Chaplain.
Chaplain Crone holds a designation as a Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer. His personal awards include three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals.