U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific


U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

In Any Clime and Place

Force Chaplain Biography

Captain Carl Jerome Cwiklinski
Chaplain Corps, United States Navy

Chaplain Cwiklinski (a.k.a. “Fr. Jerome” or “Chaplain Ski”) is Command Chaplain of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. He underwent Boot Camp at Parris Island, SC in 1972 and TBS (WOBC) at Quantico, VA in 1979.  He was released from active duty in 1982 to pursue his vocation to the Orthodox priesthood. Commissioned Ensign (Chaplain Candidate), he graduated from Naval Chaplains School at Newport, RI in 1984.  Ordained Deacon and Priest in 1985, he returned to active duty in 1986. 

Marine Assignments: BLT 1/6 (1972-73); 2nd Force Recon (1973-75); 32nd Marine Amphibious Unit (1974-75); American Embassy in Moscow, USSR (1975-76), Vienna, Austria (1976-77), and Budapest, Hungary (1977-79); MAG-15, Iwakuni, Japan (1979-80) and Marine Security Guard Battalion, Quantico, VA (1980-82).  Highest ranks of Staff Sergeant and Chief Warrant Officer (W-2) in MOS and (Billet MOS) 0311, (0321), (1421), (8156), 0369, 0180 and (0170).

Education: BA – Magna cum Laude (Anthropology) Univ. Maryland (1983); MDiv – cum Laude, St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary (1986); MA (National Security and Strategic Studies) Naval War College (1999). 

Parish/Chapel Experience:  US Military Academy, West Point, NY (1985-86); Camp Pendleton, CA (1986-88, 1999-2013); Great Lakes, IL (1988-91); US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD (1991-94); Travis AFB, CA (2007-08). St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Juneau, AK (1994-98), St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, Newport, RI (1998-99), and Our Lady of Iveron Russian Orthodox Church, Honolulu, HI (2013 – present).

Chaplain Assignments: 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA (1986-88), Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL (1988-91), Chief of Chaplains Office, Washington, DC (Flag Secretary –
1991-94), 17th Coast Guard District, Juneau, Alaska (1994-98), I MEF Headquarters Group and I Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1999-2002), 1st Marine Logistics Group (then FSSG), Camp Pendleton, CA (2002-06), Coast Guard Pacific Area, Alameda, CA (2006-09).  1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, CA, ADDU as MARCENT Chaplain (2009-13).

Deployed in OIF-1 (CFLCC – 2002-03); OIF-2 (1st FSSG-Forward – 2004-05), and support of OIF-9/10 and OEF 9-12 (MARCENT/I MEF Chaplain – 2009-12)

Qualifications and Awards: AQDs as Fleet Marine Force Officer, Flag Secretary, Naval Parachutist and Navy Diver (SCUBA); MSM (4), JSCM, NMCCM, and CGCM; various ecclesiastical awards including the office of Archpriest and the Jeweled Cross.

Native of Buffalo, NY; he is married with five children.