Virginia National Guard Joint Force Headquarters Chaplain Support
Religious Support Mission:
Our Mission is to provide the highest levels of religious support throughout the full-spectrum of
military operations, both CONUS and OCONUS, which strengthens the readiness and resilience of soldiers and families in our Virginia Army National Guard.
 
Responsibilities of the JFHQ Chaplains Office:
The JFHQ Chaplain Office assists Soldiers and Families with life’s stresses and life issues. The Chaplain office acts as the Adjutant General's religious programs policy subject matter expert as it pertains to ensuring the free exercise of religion, religious accommodation, and religious support requests from Virginia National Guard personnel and units.

Contact a Chaplain:
The Chaplain and Chaplain Assistant has full confidentiality during formal or informal counseling meetings. To contact the JFHQ State Chaplain Office or Unit Level Religious Support Teams, please call CH (LTC) Brett Johnson at 434-480-2083


Services Offered: 


Building Strong & Ready Teams
Building Strong & Ready Teams (BSRT) is a command-directed, chaplain-led, community-partnered approach that strengthens spiritual readiness for Soldiers of all ranks and their Families. BSRT is one of many Unit Ministry Team (UMT) activities that supports the local Commander’s Religious Support Plan with training that bolsters spiritual readiness and holistic health.

Click HERE for more information on the Virginia National Guard Building Strong & Ready Teams program.

Counseling Services

  • Individual 
  • Couples 
  • Family 
  • Crisis Intervention 
  • Pre-Marital & Marriage 
  • Bereavement & Grief 
  • Deployment Support 

Chaplain News

More than 40 chaplains and religious affairs specialists from the Virginia Army National Guard, Virginia Air National Guard and the Virginia Defense Force came together for a two-day Joint Chaplain Annual Sustainment Training event April 13-14, 2024 at the Virginia National Guard’s Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. The theme for this year’s training was “Spiritually Ready and Professionally Equipped”, with the goal being to give chaplains ways to bolster their own spirituality and inner fire for the important work they do, while also embracing new and changing approaches to that work. Maj. Gen. James W. Ring, the Adjutant General of Virginia, opened the event with remarks to those assembled. Ring stressed the critical role fulfilled by the religious support teams throughout the VNG and VDF. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Marc Heaton)
VNG Chaplains gather for joint sustainment training
April 15, 2024
More than 40 chaplains and religious affairs specialists personnel from the Virginia Army National Guard, Virginia Air National Guard, and the Virginia Defense Force came together for a two-day Joint Chaplain Annual Sustainment Training event April 13-14, 2024, at the Virginia National Guard’s Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia.

The Virginia Army National Guard Chaplain Corps conducts its first Building Strong and Ready Teams training Jan. 18, 2024, at Fort Barfoot, Virginia. This event was conducted for members of the Virginia Beach- based Headquarters Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, which is scheduled to deploy to Poland later this month.
Building Strong and Ready Teams training aids 529th Soldiers prior to deployment
Jan. 26, 2024
The Virginia Army National Guard Chaplain Corps conducted its first Building Strong and Ready Teams training Jan. 18, 2024, at Fort Barfoot, Virginia. This event was conducted for members of the Virginia Beach- based Headquarters Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, which is scheduled to deploy to Poland later this month.

First Lt. Stanley Bouadi, a chaplain assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group presents a Virginia Army National Guard coffee mug to the Finnish Defense Force's chief of chaplains. Bouadi participated in the International Young Chaplains Course with military chaplains from 12 other nations Sept. 25-29, 2023, in Helsinki, Finland.
VNG chaplain participates in International Young Chaplains Course in Finland
Oct. 18, 2023
First Lt. Stanley Bouadi, a chaplain assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group participated in the International Young Chaplains Course with military chaplains from 12 other nations Sept. 25-29, 2023, in Helsinki, Finland. 

Second Lt. (Va.) James Thompson, a VDF chaplain, and Maj. Dan Finley, the command chaplain for the Fort Barfoot-based 134th Chaplain Support Team, pose for a photo after Thompson led a chapel service Aug. 27, 2023, at Fort Barfoot’s Bulla Chapel. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Clements)
Virginia Defense Force chaplains support Bulla Chapel at Fort Barfoot
Aug. 29, 2023
Virginia Defense Force chaplains volunteered their time during the 2023 summer annual training season to conduct Sunday services at the Maneuver Training Center Fort Barfoot Bulla Chapel in order to provide religious support to Soldiers conducting training on the installation.

Col. Seung Lee, the Virginia National Guard state chaplain, presents Lt. Col. Brett Johnson, the Virginia Army National Guard full-time support chaplain, with the Order of Martin of Tours award as part of Johnson’s promotion ceremony May 14, 2023, at the Virginia National Guard Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters in Richmond, Virginia.
Johnson presented Order of Martin of Tours award
July 26, 2023
Lt. Col. Brett Johnson, the Virginia Army National Guard full-time support chaplain, received the Order of Martin of Tours award from Col. Seung Lee, the VNG state chaplain, as part of his promotion ceremony May 14, 2023, at the Virginia National Guard Sergeant Bob Slaughter Headquarters in Richmond, Virginia.

Interested in becoming a Virginia Army National Guard Chaplain?

Established by the Second Continental Congress in 1775, the Army Chaplaincy predates the Declaration of Independence and is both the largest and oldest military chaplaincy in the world. More than 25,000 chaplains have served since then in 36 wars and 242 major combat engagements. Six were awarded the nation's highest military award for valor (The Medal of Honor). Many former Army Chaplains have served in prominent positions of government, education and religion. Today, as in the past, chaplains serve in a great variety of positions and places throughout the world. While their methods of ministry may change with the transformation of the battlefield, their ministry and message are timeless and immeasurable.

Go to "Contact JFHQ Chaplain" on the right and choose Chaplain Recruiter. 
“Religious Support STARTS HERE!”
 

 
JFHQ State Chaplain
  • CH (COL) Seung Lee 

​JFHQ Full-Time Support Chaplain
  • CH (LTC) Brett Johnson​
​JFHQ Full-Time Deputy Support Chaplain
  • ​CH (MAJ) Will Cochrane
JFHQ Senior Religious Affairs NCO
  • SGM Bum Kim

Contact a JFHQ Chaplain