Chaplain (Colonel) Lawrence Dabeck
Chaplain (COL) Larry Dabeck serves as the Command Chaplain for US Army South, the Joint Forces Land Component Command for Southern Command (SOUTCHCOM). He is a Notre Dame Fellow, International
Security Center, for 2020-2023.
Chaplain Dabeck leads religious support and advisement for US Army South Soldiers, DA Civilians, and their families. He advises on the dynamics of religion and potential mission impacts across the operational spectrum. He leads in integrating chaplains and Religious Support Teams into theater Joint Force and Partner Nation (PN) militaries and religious organizations to coordinate defense-wide, multi-national religious support and advisement.
He advises on religious, moral, and ethical issues related to polices, programs, initiatives, doctrine, exercises and operations. He coordinates with the Joint Staff, PN, and SOUTCHCOM for strategic theater religious priorities, policy and joint operations. Chaplain Dabeck serves as a senior leader for the US Army Office of the Chief of Chaplains.
Chaplain Dabeck completed a US Army War College Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame in Strategic Leadership, writing on “Capabilities-Based Senior Leader Development.”0F1 Prior to Notre Dame, Chaplain Dabeck served as the Joint Staff Deputy Chaplain. While on the Joint Staff, Chaplain Dabeck supported the Global Integration of Religious Support and Advisement across the Joint Staff and Combatant Commands.
Chaplain Dabeck has served in Afghanistan supporting Operations Freedom’s Sentinel and Resolute Support Mission as the Command Chaplain for NATO Special Operations Component Command and US Special Operations Joint Task Force. He has served two combat tours for Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003-2004, and 2005-2006. He was the Ethics Instructor/SME for the Command and General Staff College (CGSC), Fort Leavenworth, KS; the Brigade Chaplain for 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, KS; and the Garrison Chaplain and Senior Pastor, Joint Base Myer–Henderson Hall, Fort Myer, VA.
Chaplain Dabeck’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with two Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon 3 tours, Polish Afghanistan Campaign Star, and the Combat Action Badge. In 2012 Chaplain Dabeck presented his paper, “Virtuous Combatants: Opportunities and Challenges for Ethical Leadership” at the annual CGSC Military Ethics Symposium.1F2
Chaplain Dabeck is ordained by the Evangelical Church Alliance and holds a BS Degree from Columbia International University, Columbia, SC; a Master of Divinity Degree, Columbia Biblical Seminary, Columbia, SC; post graduate work in Biblical Counseling, and a Master of Sacred Theology Degree in Ethics, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, SC. Chaplain Dabeck’s military education includes the US Army Chaplain Basic and Career Courses (Honor Graduate), the Command and General Staff College, the Chaplain Major and Lieutenant Colonel courses, and the US Army War College with a fellowship at Notre Dame.
Chaplain Dabeck is married to the former Cathy Gaier of Dayton, Ohio and they have three married sons, CPT Michael (30) and wife Emily & daughter Emma Grace, CPT Mark (27) and wife Haley, and 2LT John (24), a US Army Chaplain Candidate, and wife Claire. He and his family enjoy football, fitness, travel and laughter.