SFC Felicia R. Mungo

Sergeant First Class Felicia R. Mungo is a native of Aurora, Illinois. She joined the United States Army on 28 July 1989. Upon graduating Basic Training at Fort Dix, NJ, she attended Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. Military Occupational Skill (MOS) 71M was awarded after her successful completion.

Sergeant First Class Mungo is continuing to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Business, Human Resources Management. She also processes an array of certifications and certificates of completions within the Non-Commissioned Educational System and other Military training programs that were offered to her.

Sergeant First Class Mungo has served in a variety of assignments that include her current position as Senior Chaplain Assistant, Chaplain NCOIC, Army Support Activities (ASA-Dix). Previous Assignments include Senior Chaplain Assistant, NCOIC, Special Programs Manager for the 9TH Mission Support Command (9th MSC), Honolulu, Hawaii; Senior Chaplain Assistant, NCOIC for the Army Reserve Medical Command (AR-MEDCOM) in Pinellas Park, Florida; Operations NCO and Funds Manager for the RSO at Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Brigade Chaplain Assistant for the 108th Training Brigade, Charlotte, North Carolina; Battalion Chaplain Assistant for the 812th Transportation Battalion, Charlotte, North Carolina; and served as a Junior Chaplain Assistant at Fort Hood, Texas.

Sergeant First Class Mungo’s awards include Meritorious Service Medals with two oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation medals 2 oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal (seventh award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Tourism Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and a Overseas Service Ribbon.

Sergeant First Class Mungo’s Military service is supported by her loving husband, Bradley, who has received national recognition while participating in the National Wheelchair Sports Association; to include Basketball, Tennis and Softball. They have two sons Brandon and Corey.

Sergeant First Class Mungo’s life motto is: “Always willing to learn and always ready to serve!”


SSG Alan Cripps

SSG Alan Cripss

Staff Sergeant Alan G. Cripps was born in Flint, Michigan and, raised in Otter Lake, Michigan. He graduated from Lakeville
Memorial High school in 1998. SSG Cripps chose to enter the military as a split-option at age 17. Graduating BCT August 1997

at FT. Leonard wood, MO. SSG Cripps Graduated AIT August 10, 1998 at Fort Jackson, SC.

SSG Cripps enlisted as a chaplain assistant in the Army January 25, 1997. He completed Warrior Leader Course at Fort McCoy, WI, April of 2006. He completed phase one of Advanced Leader Course (ALC) March of 2007 at McCoy. He completed
phase two of ALC May of 2008. During his career he has been certified as a Combat Lifesaver Instructor.

SSG Cripps first military assignment was the 323rd Combat Support Hospital where he spent four years. In early 2000, he was
reassigned to the 108th Chaplain Detachment. While assigned to the 108th, he served overseas in Germany and Egypt. In

November of 2003, he was mobilized To Camp AS’ Alayah, Qatar, with the 100th Chaplain Det. He served there from December
2003 to January 2005. Upon Completion of the mission. Cripps was reassigned to the 300th Military Police Brigade to be the Brigade Chaplain NCOIC. In April 2007, he deployed to Ballad, Iraq, with the 300th. In June 2008 to 2010, SSG Cripps mobilized to Fort Riley, Kansas to assist with the 1st Infantry Divisions' mobilization and demobilization mission. He returned to the 300th Military Police Brigade before being assigned to the Army Support Activity Fort Dix this year. He is currently serving as the ASA

mobilization and demobilization chaplain assistant.

SSG Cripps has attended Central Texas University and Liberty University. Previous to his military duties, he was an over the road tractor trailer driver.

His awards include: the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal(4th Award), Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award), National Defense Medal(3rd award), Global War on terrorism Service Medal, Iraqi Defense Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon(2nd award) Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M device (2nd Award), Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon(2nd award) and Army Service Ribbon.

SSG Cripps is married with five children.


SSG George Gray

SGT George Gray

SSG Gray was born in Poughkeepsie, New York. He enlisted in the Army in August 1992 and completed basic training and the AIT 13B Cannon Crewmember Course at Fort Sill, OK. In January 2009 he trained as a Transportation Management Coordinator and later re-classed as a Chaplain Assistant in March 2009.

SSG Gray is married to Pamela Ann Conklin and they have two children.

SSG Gray’s stateside assignments include Fort Bragg, NC, 18th Airborne Corps Artillery, Crewmember, and the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Transportation Management Coordinator. He has one overseas assignment in Scania, Iraq with the 389th Combat Sustainment Battalion as a Chaplain Assistant.

SGT Gray has completed the Warrior Leader Course, 13B MOS Cannon Crewmember, 56M MOS Chaplain Assistant re-class course, Combat Lifesaver, Drivers Training, and forty-seven Army Correspondence Courses. SGT Gray is also perusing a degree in Homeland Security.

His awards and decorations include, Combat Action Badge, Army Commendation Medal , Army Achievement Medal (3rd award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (2nd award), Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Two Battalion Certificates of Achievements and Soldier of the Quarter.

 



Soldiers Chapel Staff Biographies

Chaplain (Colonel) Kenneth E. Lawson

Kenneth Lawson was born in 1961 in Lawrence, MA.

Chaplain (Colonel) Kenneth E. LawsonWhile a senior in high school at age 17, he enlisted in the Army and Army Reserve, serving for six years (1979-1985) achieving the rank of E-5. After his conversion and a call to the Christian ministry, Ken was commissioned in 1989 as a chaplain candidate (2nd Lieutenant) in the Army Reserve.

For his civilian education, Chaplain Lawson is a graduate of Salem State University (B.S.); Bob Jones University (M.A.); Cincinnati Bible Seminary (M.Div.); Bethany Theological Seminary (D.S.T.); and Preston University (Ph.D.). Chaplain Lawson served for 11 years as a civilian pastor and has taught for 10 years as an evening school Bible College instructor. For three years he taught at the US Army Chaplain School, Fort Jackson, SC.

As a civilian pastor he led mission trips to Guatemala, Ireland, India (2x) and Cameroon. He became an Army Reserve chaplain in 1989 and came on active duty in the Army Reserve in 1999.

Chaplain Lawson’s military education includes Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, GA; Chaplain Officer Basic Course; Chaplain Officer Advanced Course; Command and General Staff College; Division Chaplain Course; the Chaplain Colonel’s Course; and the US Air Force Air War College.

His military assignments include serving as an enlisted soldier at Fort Gordon, GA; Fort Devens, MA; Fort Drum, NY; and at Valcartier, Quebec. As an Army National Guard chaplain he was assigned to the Ohio and Massachusetts National Guard (1989-1999). In 1999 he went on active duty in the US Army Reserve (AGR), serving with the 94th Regional Support Command at Fort Devens, Massachusetts (1999-2001); the 7th Army Reserve Command, Heidelberg, Germany (2001-2004); the US Army Chaplain Center and School, Fort Jackson, South Carolina (2004-2007); Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico (2007-2010); Fort McCoy, Wisconsin (2010-2012), Ft. Hunter Liggett, California (2012-2014). He is currently the Army Support Activity (ASA) Command Chaplain, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

Chaplain Lawson has had published numerous articles and twelve books on religious and/or military themes. His most recent books are With Courage and Confidence: The US Army Chaplaincy in the Puerto Rico Campaign of 1898 (2009); a 420 page biography of Brigadier General Gustavus Loomis, For Christ and Country (2011); and Religious and Reliable: Army Chaplains in the War of 1812 (2013).

His most memorable ministry experiences are completing five ministry trips to Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia; ministering to wounded soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan at Landsthul Hospital in Germany; serving in a short deployment for Hurricane Katrina recovery duty; ministering to the January 2010, earthquake survivors from Haiti; and serving as a chaplain to first responders related to the 11 September 2001 attack on New York City. Ken and Vera Lawson were married in 1986. Residents of Derby, Vermont, they are the parents of four children.


Chaplain (LTC) Wilfredo Santiago Vargas

Chaplain Wilfredo Santiago Vargas was born and raised in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. He was ordained a Presbyterian Minister on 23 February 1983. He served for 11 years as a civilian pastor and served for three years as a university professor at the Ineramerican University of Puerto Rico. He entered active federal service in May 1994. He attended the Chaplain Basic Course, at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.

Chaplain (LTC) Wilfredo Santiago VargasHis first active duty assignment was at Hunter Army Air Field, Savannah, Georgia.
Chaplain Santiago’s military and civilian education includes the Chaplain Basic Course, Clinical Pastor Education Residency, Chaplain Career Course , Combined Arms and Service Staff School (CAS3), Intermediate Level Education, Clinical Incident Stress Management and Post Trauma Syndromes (Basic and Advanced), Combined Humanitarian Assistance Response Training (CHART), Spiritual Assessment Course, Academy of Health Sciences (Health Care Ethics), Medical Futility: Ethical Principles in Theory and in Practice, Equal Opportunity Representative Course, Family Support Group Leaders Training, Strong Bonds-Couples, Combat Lifesaver, and Observer /Controller Trainer Course.

Chaplain Santiago has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Puerto Rico, and Master of Divinity from the Evangelical Seminary in Puerto Rico. He has another year in Advanced Clinical Pastor Education (CPE) from the Department of Veterans Administration, San Antonio, Texas. He is a certified trainer of Living Works Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).

His Active Component and Reserve assignments include: the HHD 260th QM BN (PS), Army Airfield, Georgia; HHC, 1st BN, 9th INF, 2nd INF DIV, Camp Hovey, South Korea; HHC, MAMC TRP CMD, Fort Lewis, Washington; HHC, BAMC TRP CMD, Fort San Houston, Texas; HQ, 5th BDE 95th DIV, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; HQ, 63D Regional Support Command, Los Alamitos, California; 65th Regional Support Command, Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico; 1st Mission Support Command , Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico; 1st Army Division East, Fort George G. Meade, MD; 9th Mission Support Command, Fort Shafter, Honolulu, Hawaii. He is currently serving as the Deputy Command Chaplain Army Support Activities-Fort Dix, on Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst, NJ.

His awards include: Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (1), Army Achievement Medal (2), National Defense Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (1), Overseas Ribbon.

Chaplain Santiago has two adult childen.


Chaplain (CPT) Timothy McMeans

Chaplain (CPT) Timothy McMeansChaplain McMeans was born in Dallas Texas. He was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army Reserve in January 2009 as a Chaplain Candidate. He completed the Chaplain Officer Basic Course in 2011, at Ft. Jackson, SC. After completing additional chaplain training during the summer of 2010 at The United States Military Academy at West Point, and Seminary in 2012, he was commissioned as a USAR chaplain in 2013.

Chaplain McMeans attended the Dallas County Community College District and then transferred to The Criswell College in Dallas, TX for his undergraduate degree in Biblical studies. After completing his undergraduate degree he attended Liberty University where he received his Master of Divinity with a concentration in chaplain ministries.

Chaplain McMeans is a teacher for the Duncanville Independent School District (where he graduated in 1989) where he teaches Reading and Texas History. He has also served in various on-staff ministry capacities as a teacher, worship leader and youth minister.

Chaplain McMeans was initially assigned to the 607th MP BN in Grand Prairie, Texas where he served during his chaplain candidacy. He served as the UMT OIC and worked to provide coverage to a BN that covered three states. His previous assignment was with the 107th CH DET, also in Grand Prairie Texas, before being assigned to ASA-Fort Dix, Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst.

Chaplain McMeans has also provided additional support by leading Strong Bonds and Yellow Ribbon events within the USAR 63rd RSC. In addition to leading Strong Bonds and Yellow Ribbon events, Chaplain McMeans is also trained to teach the ASIST course (T4T). Chaplain McMeans has received the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service ribbon and the Army Service Ribbon.

Chaplain McMeans is married and has three children.