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The USACCRA Future

by Scottie Lloyd, President, USACCRA

The USACCRA is looking at a new day in how it comes alongside those serving now in the Chaplain Corps and to support the past, present, and future of all who serve “God and Country”. As an associational family we need everyone participating in this continuing effort. Therefore, I am asking for your help in three ways that best assist our mutual ministry mission.

First, we need your dreams and ideas of how this group can best celebrate our heritage, support those who currently serve Active, Guard or Reserve, and develop a future path for the Corps family. One way the USACCRA may do this is by engaging the Chief of Chaplains “Chaplain For Life” Campaign. This effort is to fill the gap between Corps transition from the Army into continued ministry outside the military. It’s a piece that’s been missing and needs to be addressed. Retired Chaplain Tommy Vaughn, Jr. is the Chief’s lead on this initiative, and now the Chief is inviting the Association to join this project. Tommy will be presenting this campaign at our gathering in Tucson. When permission is received, we’ll post a slide brief on our website for those who can’t be with us in Tucson. More to follow on this exciting new opportunity.

The second way members can help is recruiting new members. Contact your faith group’s endorser and engage the currently serving chaplains, RASs, and DREs. Your witness is better than any brochure or website in letting people know about the Association and it’s potential for supporting the current and future Chaplain Corps generation. Please call, send a note, or visit someone who can be a part of our associational family. As a professional association, we need every voice to fully advance our mission-all component and every form of Chaplain Corps service.

Thirdly, your financial support and presence is needed in Tucson. Most of our current members are ‘lifers’. This means they paid one amount long ago and never had to pay annual dues. It’s a bargain many organizations offer, but it has a downside. While generating significant funds as Life Members pay in, the organization takes a risk if it doesn’t keep a continuing flow of new members. Without new members, eventually the finances run out. The USACCRA has not filled its ranks well. Long before COVID and the prevalence of digital meetings, your Board switched to electronic board gatherings to save thousands of dollars for the Association. This worked! Board members and chapter officers serve voluntary with rarely any reimbursement. Often expenses are out of volunteer pockets. To regain momentum in reaching out to the present generation of Chaplain Corps personnel we need a financial boost. If each Association member would donate a special gift of $25 to the Association in 2022 this would help tremendously in reaching the current Corps generation. This money can be used for awarding honor graduates at the schoolhouse, providing certificates of free first-year memberships to new folks and more. Our treasurer, Dennis Madtes, can receive your gifts sending a check directly to him at 4112 Goldmine Road, Goldvein, VA, 22720.

I mentioned being at Tucson for our next gathering. Note, I said “gathering” not “reunion”. A reunion denotes a retired group only. A “gathering” denotes both serving and retired Corps members. We are an inclusive family. We need to say so and be so. COVID has caused us to be separated for nearly four years. This hurts in many ways. We need to see each other and proclaim our support for “God and Country” by showing up for our October 25-28, 2022 gathering. Please register now. The Chief of Chaplains has committed himself to be with us despite his packed and convoluted schedule because he puts great importance on this gathering and our new future together. We need to show ourselves and make our voices heard.

Thank you for your ministry and service past and present. Let us join for a greater future together.


Scottie Lloyd

President, USACCRA

Attack on the Pentagon Remembered

By Chaplain (Colonel) James A. Buckner, USA RET

On September 11, 2001, I was serving as the Director of Plans, Policy Development and Training for the Army Chief of Chaplains. The day began like other days. I had arrived to the office at a normal time around 0630 and had begun to plan the day’s activities.

It was around 0850 that my Administrative Assistant Darlene came into my office and said “someone has flown a plane into the Trade Center.” I went into the conference room and watched with horror as we saw images of a plane slamming into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York. While I was still watching, we saw another plane slam into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. By then, everyone that was in the office had gathered in the conference room and was glued to the large monitor on the wall. I left the room to go back to my office.

When I was the Fifth Army Chaplain stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, we had routinely trained four chaplain teams to respond to natural disaster and weapons of mass destruction. We had two teams focused on the Eastern U.S. and two teams focused on the West. It became apparent to me that this was an event in New York that we might be called upon to send teams to assist the local assets on the ground. I needed to alert Forces Command to contact these four teams and have them prepare to deploy if needed.

While I was on the phone with the Forces Command Chaplain, Chaplain (Colonel) Don Taylor, my Administrative Assistant came running into my office and said, “They have hit the Pentagon.”  I told Chaplain Taylor I needed to go but would be in touch. I ran to the conference room to see the dark black smoke rising from the impact zone on the side of the Pentagon. I knew we had to get to the Pentagon immediately.

All the cell towers went down so our only communication was on land lines. I told the civilians in the office to go home and to stay there until they received further notice. Ms. Jody Dunning asked if she could do anything. I told her that I needed someone to call all the family members of those assigned to the Office of the Chief of Chaplains (OCCH) and say this: “Your loved one is safe. Expect them when you see them.” Ms. Dunning did us all a great service on that day as she was able to ease the minds at home.

I gathered the chaplains and chaplain assistants around me and told them we were going to the Pentagon. We left immediately and began to run towards the toward the South Entrance of the Pentagon. Our office was at Presentation Towers, Pentagon City, VA. Part of our office had moved there as their offices in the Pentagon underwent renovation. It was fortunate that we had not been moved back into the old offices for it was there that the American Airlines Flight 77 impacted. Many in the office has served most of their time in the now destructed wedge of the Pentagon.

Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) Terry Bradfield was already fielding phone calls from Army Personnel. So, I asked him to remain in the office to a single point of contact for calls coming into our office. The rest of us ran to the Pentagon. We were running against the flow of hundreds of people as they were fleeing the Pentagon. As I looked into their eyes, I saw shock and fear. I still remember one woman scolding us for still wearing our identification badges.

As we approached the South Parking area, a lone policeman stopped us and asked where we were going. We told them we were looking for the Casualty Collection Point. He pointed us to the River Entrance of the Pentagon near the Pentagon Athletic Center (PAC). On that side of the building was the Pentagon Medical Clinic. As we approached the bridged area on that side of the building, we were stopped again by Defense Force Police officers asking where we were going. We told them we were looking for the Casualties. They told us that they had changed the collection point to the other side of the building near the impact zone. We kept running. At each side of the Pentagon, we met some form of Defense Force Police. We told them who we were and where we were headed. They let us pass.

On the Mall entrance side of the Pentagon, a lone Defense Force Policeman stood on the steps of the entrance. He came running toward us asking the same question as others. He again let us pass but said, “hurry, there is another plane incoming.”

As we turned the corner and were running toward the attack side of the building, we were immediately confronted by all the debris on the ground. We were maneuvering around and over pieces of the exploded airplane. There were parts of fuselage, tires, crooked metal, and other debris. The site was beyond belief as we stood to assist in any way.

We stayed on sight most of the day and were on the sight when the side of the building collapsed. The access to anyone trapped in that wedge was over. The word was disseminated that no other action would happen until the fires were out.

The Deputy Chief of Chaplains, Chaplain (Brigadier General) David Hicks, instructed me to go back to the office to begin planning for further actions.

Around 1800 that evening, I received a call from Lieutenant General John A. Van Alstyne’s office. Lieutenant General Alstyne was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy. The caller instructed me to come to a meeting the next morning at 0900 at the Pentagon City Sheridan Hotel.

When I arrived at the hotel and entered the meeting space, the room was filled with both military and civilians. When I entered the room, the civilian at the head of the table said to me: “Thank God you are here. By tonight we need to have this Family Support Operation up and running. We will need coverage 24 hours a day.” He then left the room.

To be honest I knew nothing about setting up or running a family support operation. Fortunately, other agencies were also given a similar mission. Our operation would be to staff the center with chaplains.

In the room were Chaplains from the Army, Navy and Air Force. The Army chaplains had been in D.C. to attend a Joint Chaplains Conference. The immediate need was to get volunteers to cover the next 24 hours. By that time, we would have opportunity to schedule coverage for the rest of the weeks. There was three Navy Chaplains who were serving with the Marines at Quantico. They volunteered to cover the first night’s evening shift.

Chaplain (Colonel) Donna Weddle who was in town to attend the Joint Forces Chaplain Conference, volunteered along with others attending that conference. They promised to cover the day shift until they had to leave town. The Air Force Chaplains also volunteered to cover a shift. The Family Support Center operated for over two months and we provided Chaplains around the clock to care for anxious and grieving families.

Soon it became apparent that the FBI was going to assume control of the incident site and the word went out that they would erect a fence around that entire section of the building. Once erected they would control access in and out. This was a crime scene.

Chaplain (Colonel) Larry Racster began working to stake out a position that would be inside the fence. He coordinated for a GP large tent that could be used for church services and for counseling. He volunteered to serve as the senior controller of that operation.

This operation, known as the incident site operation would be staffed by Chaplains from all the services and would operate 24 hours a day. Chaplain Racster provided those who were working on site with a valuable resource.

It became apparent to me that we were going to need some way to schedule participants to support not only at the Family Support Center, but now at the incident site. We would soon find out that these two operations were the tip of the iceberg for scheduling. Chaplain (Colonel) Jack Anderson came to our aid. Chaplain Anderson volunteered to be the single point of contact for all schedules. He would coordinate for coverage of all operations with the Army, Navy, and Air Force. His coordinating was essential to making all the operations flow smoothly.

At the Incident cite there were two individuals that performed specialized ministry. The first I will mention was Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) Jim Boelens. Chaplain Boelens volunteered to work with the FBI in the morgue operation. Old Guard soldiers would escort remains from the building and place them in a truck that would carry them to the temporary morgue. In that truck was a medical Doctor and a Chaplain. The Doctor would open the body bag and declare that the remains were deceased. Then Chaplain Boelens would pray. When the truck was filled, they would move the truck to the temporary morgue and there again they would repeat the process. This was a particularly difficult assignment, but Chaplain Boelens responded with honor and dignity.

After September 11th the Pentagon only required key and essential personnel to come to work. The metro stop at the Pentagon was closed. After two weeks or so, the Pentagon returned to full operational status. The Metro was open. On that opening day, around 0900 I received a call from a Metro Policeman who asked me to come to the Pentagon Metro station. When I arrived, he asked me “what was missing.” I could hear the train noise, the doors opening and closing but no one was talking. I responded, “No one is speaking.” He said, “exactly. When was the last time you were down here and no one is speaking.” I said “never”.

I called Chaplain Racster at the incident site and asked him if he had anyone on his site that he could release and come to the Metro station. Chaplain Racster sent Chaplain (Major) Tim Mallard to me. I instructed Chaplain Mallard to wear his beret that has his branch insignia on it—a cross. I asked him to walk among the people who were arriving to the Pentagon and to greet them. I wanted him to break the silence. Hopefully the symbol on his beret would provide them strength and comfort.

Chaplain Mallard asked me how long he was to fulfill that mission. I told him he would know.  Three days later Chaplain Mallard called me and told me it was time. I asked how he knew. He said that people were again talking to one another in the Metro. Chaplain Mallard had helped these folks break their silence and reestablish some since of normalcy.

Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) Art Pace was not in D.C. On September 11. He was attending meetings at Fort Jackson in South Carolina. It took him several days to finally get back into Washington. Since all planes had been grounded, Chaplain Pace eventually had to rent a car and drive back to D.C.

When he arrived, he contacted me and asked what he could do to help. I told him that there was an area that we did not have covered. Some of the casualties from that day had been sent to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. But some of the worse burn cases were sent to Washington Medical Center. I instructed him not to focus on those at Walter Reed because they would receive Chaplaincy services there. I asked him to find those that were in the civilian hospitals and if possible, with their permission, capture their stories.

Chaplain Pace did just that. He visited these patients daily and the stories that he relayed were incredible. One patient that Chaplain Pace ministered to was Lieutenant Colonel, Brian Birdwell. Lieutenant Colonel Birdwell was burned over 80% of his body but his wife Mel Birdwell refused to give up on his recovery. They have written a book about their journey titled Refined by fire: A Soldier’s Story of 9-11, A Family’s Triumph of Love and Faith.

Our final challenge in providing help and care to those impacted by the 9-11 attack on the Pentagon was to provide a chaplain at every funeral no matter where that funeral was to occur. General Jack Keene, the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army had promised the families of those who had been killed in the attack, that a Chaplain and a General Officer would attend their funeral. Our office was responsible for coordinating coverage for all those events.

Some have said that there are events in our lives that we will never forget. 9-11 is one of those events. Though the challenges were great and the hours long, the Army Chaplaincy along with our sister services stepped to the plate and provided needed ministry to those who were so drastically impacted by the terrorist attack. God provided us the strength and wisdom in those difficult days and to him we give glory.

U.S. Chaplain Corps: Past, Present, and Future

By Scottie Lloyd, USACCRA President

Happy birthday USACCRA family. We celebrate 29 July 1775 as the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps established by the Continental Congress authorizing one chaplain for each regiment of the Continental Army. We were a small group, but we grew as the nation and the Army grew peaking at 2700 chaplains alone (all three compos but not counting our critical Religious Affairs Specialists (RAS), Directors of Education (DRE), and Civilian workforce) in 2012. The size expands and contracts per Army needs but one thing remains the same, specially trained people committed to upholding the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution-the Freedom of Worship. The RAS officially joined in December 1909 as a separate Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) and DREs joined in 1948.

The USACCRA attempts to remember, celebrate, and expand upon that heritage. As our organization’s constitution states,

“Our vision is to provide a National professional organization with Local Chapters made up of present, retired and former members of the Chaplain Corps Regiment, their families, and friends of the Regiment-dedicated to communicating the pride, heritage and history of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps, and committed to continuing service in Ministry, and to promoting and supporting the Corps’ future.” (USACCRA Constitution, Preamble)

Hence our mission,

“is to unite under one Regimental Flag all those who have served, or are now serving, in the Active Army, the Army Reserves, and the Army National Guard to promote and support the image, heritage and traditions of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps.” (USACCRA Constitution, Preamble)

The skies the limit on how we accomplish this. A variety of activities have been engaged since 10 March 2009 when the USACCRA was established. As we grow with the Corps we change as well in pursuit of that mission.

We need to share not only our stories of the past and present, but also share the future stories yet to be celebrated. This requires extended conversations and meals and libations, hospitality room visits and excursion trip chats. This future planning of where we head and how we get there as the USACCRA needs every member and interested person on hand. For those capable of coming let us assemble in Tucson, AZ, 25-28 October 2022 for this planning (See for details and registration). For those who can’t make it to Arizona, we need your ideas, comments, questions, compliments, and complaints sent by email, text, snail mail, and more. The USACCRA in looking to a new future of how we fulfill our original mission and intent.

I want you to know that your Board of Directors listen to you and are working hard. A simple way to help us help you is updating our roster. If your contact information (address, phone, email, spouse, religious affiliation) has changed in the last 10 years then give us the latest info so we can contact you what’s happening. We cannot solely rely on an open website to keep the family together and informed. Membership issues go to 2nd VP Pete Sniffin ( Dues paying goes to Treasurer Dennis Madtes ( Ideas for the future can go to any board member but you can start with the Secretary, Mark Roeder ( or your President, Scottie Lloyd (

We are family and have been ever since 29 July 1775. Let’s hear from you. Let’s see you in Tucson. The mission to serve God and country continues.


Blessings and Happy Birthday,


Scottie Lloyd

When you don’t know exactly what to say…

By Dr. John Brinsfield

“ …do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” Matthew 10: 19-20 (NIV)


Presumably every chaplain and specialist has encountered a situation that demanded their attention but that also had no precedent in their pastoral experience or training. I was no exception.

In 1976 I was serving as the Protestant chaplain for the Turkish-US Logistics Detachment #4 in Sinop, Turkey. It was a small post, across the Black Sea from the Crimean peninsula of the U.S.S.R. I ministered, along with a Roman Catholic chaplain, to about 200 soldiers and civilians whose mission was highly classified.

Relations between the United States and the Republic of Turkey were tenuous because Turkey and Greece were fighting over territory in Cyprus, and because the Ford Administration had frozen Turkish assets in U.S. banks as an incentive to a peaceful resolution between two NATO members. In Sinop we did not know from one day to the next if our unit would be expelled from Turkey. It was no time for additional problems.

One day in the Spring a Turkish man came to our gate asking for a priest and an American doctor to come to his home. He said he thought a spell had been placed on his daughter. She had become paralyzed, he said, and must have an evil spirit. She had not moved from her bed in two days.

Our Catholic priest was away, visiting another detachment, so our commander sent me, a Methodist, with our post doctor to see if we could help. My chaplain assistant brought some candles, a brass cross, a Bible, a robe, and a prayer book for me, equipment we thought must be necessary for an exorcism which neither of us had ever witnessed or even discussed. We also had an interpreter who brought his dictionary.

The house was a small farmhouse with one room that was packed with Turkish people, presumably relatives. They all wanted to see what the Americans would do.

My assistant unpacked our exorcism kit while I put on my robe and lit the candles. Our doctor realized that he could not do a true exam on a young woman with Muslim rules in place, so he got his blood pressure pump out as a minimum.

The young lady was lying on an elongated window sill, fully dressed in her farm clothes, boots and all. She was unresponsive to any vocal commands, but the doctor said her blood pressure was normal for someone asleep. Our doctor told the father that he could do nothing further without a blood test at our little lab.

Then it was my turn. I bowed my head in prayer and asked God what in the world I should say? I recalled at that moment that Muslim people believed in the immutable will of God, so I said in a loud voice, “It is Allah’s will that she be happy !!” Our translator repeated this message to her parents, and then we solemnly left the farmhouse.

I was really happy to get back to our compound without further complications. Our little MP platoon was never more appreciated.

Two days later I heard from our interpreter that the young lady had made an amazing recovery. As soon as her father agreed that she could get married and leave the farm, she was fine. Just a little hungry.

The Turks treated us well after that incident. They donated Christmas trees for our chapel in December and came to our Christmas Eve service to listen to the carols. It was, at least, peace on our part of the earth. Thanks be to God.


John Brinsfield

Presidents’ News for April 8, 2022

  April is a sacred month this year with Ramadan (Islam), Passover (Judaism), Ridvan (Baha’i), Vaisakhi (Sikh), Ram Navani and Vaisakha Sankranti (Hindu), and Hoy Week and Easter (Christianity). What links these special moments together is hope. God insures hope for humanity. Despite wars, climatic changes, diseases, and more, God refuses to give up on his creation. Do you feel the love?

  As an association when we gather in person (as we will do Oct 25-28 in Tucson, AZ) I feel a reflection of that love in the presence of my friends across the years. COVID copped our last opportunity to meet but hope springs eternal with God. We come together to share stories, gain knowledge, see sights, encourage colleagues, and just have fun. Running with the theme of “Continuing in Service”, active and retired find a common ground where the Corps’ past and present meld into a stronger future for the Chaplain Corps. This event every two years is an important way for us to support God’s mission for Army folks. Registration is on this website. Every possible member present is the goal. See you in Tucson.

  Our website is constantly changing to provide better information. We are updating material, shifting the template, adding data, and archiving old articles to produce a faster, cleaner, easier source of membership and corps happenings. Please let us know how we can keep improving.
More to follow so keep checking this website. And don’t be surprised if we give you a call. We want to know how you’re doing, seek your input, and hope for your active participation as we reflect God’s love through hope in support of the Army Chaplain Corps.

Article for Membership by Pete Sniffin (2VP for Membership)

What is a Professional Association?

A professional association is an organization that gathers, edifies and bonds the members of a particular vocation or career field. Associations serve the broader interests of a vocation by advocating for that vocation, developing and disseminating professional informational and educational resources of the vocation, as well as providing a fraternal dynamic for members of the vocation to increase networking and fellowship opportunities. Professional associations can have a global, national or local reach. For example, the World Reformed Fellowship or the International Ministerial Association are examples of global ecclesiastical bodies. The American Bar Association, the American Medical Association or the Military Chaplain Association are examples of national professional bodies, whereas a local ministerial association in a neighboring community is an example of a local vocational or professional body. The U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Regimental Association (USACCRA) is the professional association for all those individuals, past and present, who have served in the career fields of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps; Chaplains, Chaplain Assistants / Religious Affairs Specialists and Directors of Religious Education. USACCRA’s professional membership includes all components of the Army; Active Duty, the U.S. Army Reserve and the Army National Guard.

What Does USACCRA Do?

Just as the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps has the three doctrinal imperative of Nurture, Care and Honor; the USACCRA has three professional imperatives. Those professional imperative are Promote, Honor and Support. The USACCRA serves the Chaplain Corps by promoting and publicizing its work in order to professionally advocate and advertise for the branch. The USACCRA serves the Chaplain Corps by honoring the distinguished achievements of members of the Army Chaplain Corps during both their military career and their follow-on callings, as well as remembering our members when they pass away. Finally, the USACCRA supports the Chaplain Corps by providing members with social, charitable and educational opportunities, as well as fellowship opportunities in local chapters and during annual national conferences. The association also provides support through ongoing ministry to Veterans, Soldiers and Army Families, as well as by providing key support to the Chaplain Corps Museum.

Why Should YOU Join USACCRA?

Membership in a professional association is actually so common in the Army, that members of the Army often take such membership for granted. For example, a vast majority of members of the Army community are members of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). AUSA is the Army’s collective professional association and it provides a voice for the Army with national leadership, as well as provides forums for professional, educational and fraternal activities. Member of other branches also routinely join professional associations like the Field Artillery Association, the Judge Advocates Association or the National Infantry Association to name a few. The USACCRA is YOUR branch’s professional association. While USACCRA has always had its three association imperatives, in recent years it has emphasized the fraternal dynamic and placed significant time and energy in maintaining the network of Chaplain Corps Alumni through local chapters and national conferences. Moving forward, the USACCRA seeks to maintain the strength of its networks while reenergizing the other collective ways and means by which it can and will support the branch through advocacy and educational initiatives. Joining USACCRA will place you on the crest of the wave that carries the professional, educational and fraternal interests of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps into its future. The Chaplain Corps needs a vibrant USACCRA to promote its interests, and the USACCRA needs you and your energy to promote the outstanding future of our branch.

How Can YOU Support USACCRA Membership?

The primary way YOU can support the professional association of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps is to ensure you are a member of USACCRA TODAY. You can join as an annual member or as life member. Life membership is more expensive up front, but it demonstrates your dedicated commitment to the professionalism of our branch and is the less expensive option over time in lieu of paying for an annual membership over multiple years. You can join USACCRA at the following link: Become A Member :: The United States Army Chaplain Corps Regimental Association ( Please see Dennis Madtes’s article for the dues amounts by rank. We look forward to YOU following into the professional ranks of the association.

There are also many other ways you can support USACCRA and its membership. As always, word of mouth advertising and influence is always most effective. After you join, please make it a point to personally share your membership in the association with other members of the Chaplain Corps, past and present, and of all components to include our Department of the Army civilians. If you personally recruit one new member a month, you will do a tremendous service to our branch and its professionalism. Second, you can share your activity in the USACCRA on your social media accounts. Use social media for public awareness with notes and pictures of your participation in USACCRA events. Support the USACCRA by sharing updates about its work. Keep abreast of USACCRA activities and initiatives, then share it with others when others comment on alternate Army professional associations. Support USACCRA by becoming a member of a local chapter enjoying the fellowship of that group. If you do not find a local chapter at your current assignment or in your community, please contact USACCRA so we can help you form a local chapter. Finally, when you mark significant events in your career field in the Chaplain Corps, please contact the USACCRA leadership and let us know, so that we can publicly celebrate your achievements. If your achievement is a presentation or publication, also let us know so that we can advertise it. These are some ways YOU can advance the USACCRA. Please know we are eager to have both your membership and your ideas as we move forward advancing a significant future for USACCRA and the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps.

Dues Structure and More by Dennis Madtes (Treasurer)

Membership is open to all US Army ministry team members, active duty, retired, and non-retired. If qualified, you can join and pay your dues at this link:

Annual dues:

Membership E1-E4, GS 1-4: $20 per year

Membership E5-E7, 01-03, GS 5-6: $35 per year

Membership E8-E9, 04-05, GS 7-11: $50 per year

Membership 06-08, GS 12 – SES: $65 per year

Life membership is also available.

Under age 55: $500

Age 56 – 65: $400

Age 65 and older: $300

You can also pay your dues by sending a check to the USACCRA Treasurer, Dennis W. Madtes, 4112 Goldmine Rd, Goldvein, VA 22720.

CH (COL-R) Scottie Lloyd, President

Scottie Lloyd served for over 30 years, Active and Reserve, with the Army as an infantry officer and primarily as a chaplain (1975-2012). Overseas he served in Germany Korea, Haiti, Kuwait, and on special assignment to a variety of places in the Middle East. His last position was as the Director of Personnel and Ecclesiastical Relations for the Army Chief of Chaplains retiring in May 2012.

He possesses a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, a Master of Divinity degree from Christ Seminary-Seminex, a graduate of the USA Command and General Staff School, a Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, is a graduate of the Army Clinical Pastoral Education program (4 units), and is nearly finished with a Certificate in Archaeological Excavation from Palomar College (San Marcos).  

He is endorsed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Scottie is married to Karen (Anders) Lloyd with two sons and two grandchildren. Scottie serves in a variety of organizations both locally and nationally primarily supporting military veterans and the poor.


CH (COL-R) Mark Roeder, Secretary

CH (COL-R) Mark Roeder currently serves as the pastor of Grace Church, United Church of Christ in Ft. Wright, Kentucky. Mark joined the Army Chaplain Corps in June 1990 and culminated his career serving as the Deputy Commandant, US Army Chaplain Center and School. Just before his retirement, he was honored as a local Hometown Hero at a Cincinnati Reds ballgame, a highlight of his career coordinated by the US Army Chaplain Center and School Staff. Prior to his stint as an Army chaplain, he served as a hospital chaplain, as well as the Associate Pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Cincinnati. In addition to his pastoral duties, Mark currently serves as the Coordinator for the local UCC Clergy Group. He and his wife Susan are enjoying life in Ft. Thomas, KY, located just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Ohio. Susan and Mark are the proud parents of two adult daughters.

Gerri Merkel, Member-at-Large

Ms. Gerri (Caroline) Merkel, claims Nebraska as her home state.

From 1984-2014, Gerri served as a Director of Religious Education with the USA Chaplain’s Office – 20 ½ years in Germany (Augsburg, Bremerhaven, Bad Kreuznach, and Hanau) and 9 ½ years at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, retiring in 2014 with 30 years of service.

A particular growth-giving, and spiritual experience of serving as a DRE was ministering ecumenically with the many denominations/faith groups, and supporting the Chaplains, military and their families. It was/is indeed a privilege to do so.

She presently resides in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Soon she hopes to move back to Nebraska to be closer to family.