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LT Ryan E. Whitfield, CHC, USN


Chaplain Ryan Whitfield

Primary Billet
5th Battalion Chaplain
Faith Group/Denomination:
Evangelical Church Alliance
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Chaplain Whitfield is a native of LaGrange, Georgia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Bucknell University, a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University, and a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Luther Rice College and Seminary. Chaplain Whitfield is endorsed for Military Chaplaincy by the Evangelical Church Alliance. 

Chaplain Whitfield began his military career enlisting in the United States Coast Guard in 2006. Upon completion of basic training, he was assigned to the USCGC Polar Sea (WAGB 11) in Seattle, Washington. After completing Electronics Technician `A' School in 2007 he was assigned to the USCG Surface Forces Logistics Center in Curtis Bay, Maryland.

Commissioned in 2013, Chaplain Whitfield reported to Carrier Air Wing SEVEN, Oceana, Virginia.  He embarked aboard the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75) and deployed to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

In 2016, Chaplain Whitfield reported to U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, New Jersey (TRACEN Cape May) as Recruit Battalion Chaplain. In addition to caring for the Battalion’s 1,200 staff members and enlisted recruits, he served as Chair of the TRACEN Cape May Leadership Diversity Advisory Council from 2016-2018.

In 2019, Chaplain Whitfield reported to Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF FMFLANT) in Indian Head, Maryland. As Command Chaplain he not only provided religious and spiritual support to the Battalion’s 450 Marines, and Sailors, but provided Religious Ministry in support of CBIRF worldwide consequence CBRN consequence management operations. He led RMT operations in support of the 2020 and 2021 Presidential State of the Union Address, the 2020 Republican National Convention, and the 2021 Presidential Inauguration.

Chaplain Whitfield received orders to the United States Naval Academy and reported in June 2021 where he currently serves as the 5th Battalion Chaplain.

LT Whitfield is a Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer. His personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (gold star in lieu of 2nd award), Coast Guard Commendation Medal, with other campaign and service awards.

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