Retirement of Jack Williamson
Executive Director of the National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces
On April 1 2014, Jack Williamson will retire as Executive Director of NCMAF after 15 years in that position. Every chaplain, active and reserve, has been touched by Jack’s ministry in this position. NCMAF is one of the most unique gatherings of religious communities in the United States and maybe in the world. Religious communities of all strips who endorse chaplains for military duty owe Jack a hearty and blessed “Thank you” for the work he has done over these 15 years.
Jack and the NCMAF Board work many issues for the endorsing community, many of them are complex and religiously sensitive. He is the interface between the endorsers, the Service Chaplaincies, the Armed Forces Chaplains Board and the Department of Defense. Maintaining communications with and among these groups – all have their agendas and priorities – is like navigating a mine field without a proven mine detector. Jack has done this very well working through some difficult issues and relationships.
I had the privilege of working with Jack as a member of the Board for six years and the Board Chair for three years. Our professional relationship was soon a relationship of friends and colleagues who had deep respect for each other and a love for the mission of NCMAF – To help the endorsers send into the military the best from their faith communities to serve the men and women in the Uniformed Services of the US Military.
We, the membership of the United States Army Chaplain Corps Regimental Association, thank you Jack for your service to the chaplaincy and the churches. We wish you God’s Blessings as you move to continued ministry and in your well deserved retirement.