Senior Chaplain CAPT Maurice A. Buford
US Naval Academy Command Chaplain
Chaplain Maurice A. Buford
Chaplain Maurice A. Buford is a 1993 student-athlete and graduate of Tuskegee University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. In 1997 he received his Master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center. In 2006 he went back to the Interdenominational Theological Center and earned a Doctorate of Ministry with a focus in pastoral care and counseling. In 2008 he received a Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Human Resource Development from Regent University. In 2012, he received his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership again from Regent University.
His past military assignments include serving as the Command Chaplain Naval Hospital Station Roosevelt Roads Puerto Rico from Dec 1999 –May 2002; Command Chaplain 1st Battalion 1st Marines, Camp Pendleton, CA June 2002 –May 2005; Staff Chaplain Naval Station Rota, Spain from July 2005 – March 2007; Carrier Air Wing Three Command Chaplain, Virginia Beach, VA April 2007 – May 2009; Marine Corps University, Quantico VA, May 2009 – OCT 2010; The Basic School, Quantico, VA, OCT 2010 – NOV 2011; NOV 2011 – JUNE 2014 The Chaplain Corps Officer Community Manager in Millington; JUNE 2014 – March 2016 Command Chaplain USS Abraham Lincoln; March 2016 – SEPT 2018, Marine Corps University, Quantico VA; OCT 2018 – MAR 2021 Chaplain Buford served as the Director of Operations for the Chief of Chaplains at the Pentagon with additional responsibilities as an advisor for Task Force One Navy. Served as the NAVCENT / C5F Force Chaplain. Chaplain Buford currently serves as the United States Naval Academy Command Chaplain.
Chaplain Buford is certified as an EEO counselor as well as a Hogan Assessment coach. Chaplain Buford has 1 Legion of Merit, 3 Meritorious Service Medals, 5 Commendation Medals, and a Navy and Marine Corp Medal.
Some of Chaplain Buford’s publications include The Servant Way: Leadership Principles from John A. Lejeune, Bold Followership: A Biblical Cure for Organizational Toxicity and The Nathan Factor: The Art of Speaking Truth to Power.
He and his family endeavors “… to provoke God’s people into their divine purpose.”