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Jonathan E. Shaw

Chaplain (Colonel) United States Army

Command Chaplain, United States Army Europe

The COMMAND Chaplain's Biography

Chaplain (Col.) Jonathan E. Shaw was assigned as Command Chaplain, U.S. Army Europe, Nov. 10, 2015.

Chaplain Shaw’s service began in 1974 in the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps and includes service in the U.S. Army Reserves (1981-1988) and Active Component (1988-present). In his immediate past assignment, he served as Senior Chaplain and Professor of Ethics, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania (2012-2015), teaching and guiding research in the areas of Ethics and Warfare, Strategic Leadership, Defense Management, and the Role of Religion in Policy and Strategy.

Previously he served as Command Chaplain and Faculty, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas (2010-2012); and U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Force Management Officer (2006-2009) and Director of Operations (2009).

Other professionally rewarding positions include service in units of the Infantry, Field Artillery, Aviation, Air Defense Artillery, Engineer, Signal, Medical, and Joint Forces, in combat operations (Panama, Iraq), deployments (Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Saudi Arabia), and overseas assignments (South Korea, Germany).

Chaplain Shaw is ordained by the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, his Department of Defense-recognized Ecclesiastical Endorsing Agency. His awards include the Legion of Merit and Ministry to the Armed Forces St. Martin of Tours medal.

Professional and academic work includes Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Wheaton College, Illinois, 1978; Master of Divinity, and Master of Sacred Theology, Systematic Theology and Ethics, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, 1984 and 2004; Master of Arts, Ethics, Vanderbilt, 1999; Ethics and Leadership Instructor, U.S. Army Officer Education System, Fort Bliss, 1999-2002; in residence, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 2002-2003; Master of Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College, 2010; Command Chaplain and Faculty, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, 2010-2012; Senior Chaplain and Professor of Ethics, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, 2012-2015; and Doctor of Divinity, Concordia University, Irvine, California, 2015.

Chaplain Shaw has published over 40 articles in a variety of theological and military journals in the areas of ethics, military religious support doctrine, religion and strategy, liturgics, homiletics, and systematic theology. He has also collaborated on recent ethics initiatives of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army. Most recently, Chaplain Shaw presented, “Ethical Reasoning at the Strategic Level: An Applied Ethical Framework for the Profession of Arms,” at the biennial Inter-University Seminar of Armed Forces and Society (Oct. 2015, Chicago). Chaplain Shaw is a founding editor of the journal Gottesdienst (1990).

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