Greetings 1st Tank Battalion families!
It is my distinct honor and pleasure to be the new 1st Tank Battalion Chaplain. I arrived at 1st Tanks in July 2017 after returning from a 7 month CENTCOM Special Purpose MAGTF deployment as the Chaplain for 3d Battalion, 7th Marines. My previous assignments were at the base chapel at Naval Station Newport, RI and as the Command Chaplain of the USS TORTUGA (LSD 46). My civilian career was spent in wireless communications sales and management for 9 years, then I served as a full time civilian pastor in Gulf Shores, AL for 3 years prior to my commission as a U.S. Navy Chaplain. My wife and I have been married for 17 years and have five children. We realize the challenges of balancing military and family life. However, for us, the challenges of military life are greatly diminished in comparison to the joy we find in serving our nation and teaching the value of patriotism, faith, and perseverance to our children.
I see how hard our Marines and Sailors work every day, and the work our families do at home does not go unnoticed. We all at times need help to stay on course when the stressors of life seem overwhelming. Please know that everything we discuss is completely confidential. No one will know what we discuss unless you ask me to speak to someone on your behalf. As your Chaplain, it is my duty to care for every Marine, Sailor, and family member whether you have a different faith than mine or are a person of no religious faith. Feel free to come by my office in Building 1602 or call me at 760-830-6789. Vocati Ad Servitium.
Many blessings on you and yours!
Chaplain Jonathan M. Henderson
Lieutenant, Chaplain Corps, USN