Connection with the American Public


Meet Your Army, with Chaplain (Major General) Paul K. Hurley, U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains

As part of the Army’s continuing initiative to build and sustain a connection with the American public, Chaplain (Major General) Paul Hurley visits for a free program to discuss the #MeetYourArmy initiative and the evolving role of chaplains in today’s Army. Presented in partnership with the U.S. Army Office of Public Affairs, Midwest.

Throughout the last 14 years, the American public saw a steady stream of information about the Army through television and newspapers. But as involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan has died down, Americans are seeing fewer soldiers in the press. And even fewer Americans know a soldier personally.

Through the newly-created #MeetYourArmy campaign, the Army hopes to put soldiering back in the spotlight. The program will bring the Army and soldiers to communities throughout the United States, where both civilians and local press can interact with them and learn more about who defends their nation.

CHAPLAIN (MAJOR GENERAL) PAUL K. HURLEY, U.S. ARMY, was appointed the 24th Chief of Chaplains for the United States Army in May 2015, tasked with leading the Army Chaplain Corps in providing religious support to soldiers and families. A graduate of the United States Military Academy, Chaplain Hurley was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1984, serving assignments as a Field Artillery Officer in Germany and at Fort Bragg, NC before resigning his commission to pursue priesthood in 1990.

Ordained a Catholic Priest in 1995, Chaplain Hurley spent five years as a parish priest in the Boston Archdiocese before rejoining the Active Duty Army Chaplain Corps in October 2000. As a chaplain, his assignments have included posts at Fort Bragg, South Korea, West Point, and Fort Campbell, KY, and have included yearlong deployments to Iraq (with the XVIII Airborne Corps Chaplain’s Office in 2005) and Afghanistan (as Combined Joint Task Force 101 Command Chaplain in 2009).

After completing studies at the Army War College in 2013, Chaplain Hurley was named Command Chaplain for United States Forces-Afghanistan, and in 2014, was assigned Command Chaplain for the XVIIIth Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, with additional responsibility as Command Chaplain for the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command HQ in Afghanistan.