Chaplain (COL) Christopher Dickey

US Army War College Fellow

War College Fellow
2021

Chaplain (COL) Christopher Dickey was born and raised in Houston, Texas, the son of an Army Military Policeman and Vietnam veteran. After high school graduation, he attended East Texas Baptist University where he graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Christian Ministry and Business Management. The highlight of his college years was meeting Lane Colby who would later become his wife in June of 1994. After completing his Master of Divinity (with Biblical Languages) degree in May of 1998, Chaplain Dickey was endorsed by the Southern Baptist Convention and commissioned as an Army Chaplain in the United States Army Reserve in March of 1999. While serving as a Minister of Youth and Education for a church in Oklahoma, Chaplain Dickey joined the Oklahoma Army National Guard and served as Chaplain for the 120th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy) from 2000 to 2002. Following the tragedy of 9/11, Chaplain Dickey sensed a call to serve God and country as an Army Chaplain on active duty. In August of 2002, Chaplain Dickey was promoted to Captain and began his active duty service at Fort Bragg, NC as Chaplain for the 307th Forward Support Battalion (Airborne), 82nd Airborne Division. From January to August 2003, Chaplain Dickey was deployed with the 307th FSB (A) to Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Chaplain Dickey also served as Chaplain for the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment in 2005. From June 2005 to June 2009, Chaplain Dickey served as Chaplain for the 95th Military Police Battalion headquartered in Mannheim, Germany. From October 2007 to December 2008, Chaplain Dickey was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom during “The Surge.” After completing the Chaplain Captains Career Course in 2009, Chaplain Dickey served as the Deputy Command Chaplain for the U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC from January 2010 to June 2011. Following his completion of the Army Intermediate Level Education at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS, Chaplain Dickey served as the Group Chaplain for 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, CO from June 2012 to February 2014. From February to September 2014, Chaplain Dickey served as an Instructor/Writer and Small Group Leader (SGL) for the Chaplain Basic Officer Leader Course at the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School (USACHCS), Fort Jackson, SC. From October 2014 to June 2016, Chaplain Dickey served as an Instructor/Writer/SGL and later Course Manager for the Chaplain Captains Career Course at USACHCS. From June 2016 to June 2019, Chaplain Dickey served as the Command Chaplain for 1st Capabilities Integration Group (Airborne), Fort Belvoir, VA. Chaplain Dickey deployed multiple times in support of Special Operations during this assignment. From 2019-2021, Chaplain Dickey returned to Fort Bragg serving as the Command Chaplain for 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne), the largest Two-Star Command in the Army. Currently, Chaplain Dickey serves as an Army War College Fellow in the Notre Dame International Security Center at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. Chaplain Dickey’s military and civilian education includes the Chaplain Officer Basic Course, Chaplain Captains Career Course (Honor Graduate), Army Intermediate Level Education, the Brigade Chaplain Functional Area Course, Chaplain Initial Strategic Religious Support Leaders (LTC) Course, Army Basic Instructor’s Course, Army Cadre Training Course, Master Resiliency Trainer Course, U.S. Army Airborne School, 82nd Airborne Division Jumpmaster Course, and the SERE Course. He completed a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO in 2009 where he focused his research on preparing Soldiers and Families for war. Chaplain Dickey’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Army Valorous Unit Award, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and the Parachutist Badges from Germany, Romania, Poland, Australia, Netherlands, and Canada. Chaplain Dickey is married to his best friend, Lane and they are the proud parents of Joel, age 22, and Hannah, age 20, and Joy their Chocolate Lab.