CH (LTC) John L. Kallerson, USA
IWP USAWC Fellow, 2013-14
Chaplain (LTC) John L. Kallerson was born in San Pedro, California, into an Army Family. He grew up throughout the United States and Europe. He completed high school and college in Alabama graduating with honors from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Chaplain Kallerson was commissioned a 2LT as an Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate in 1983. He entered active duty and served nine years as an Armored Cavalry Officer. Upon separating from active duty, he received his Master of Divinity Degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. Chaplain Kallerson's seminary education included studies in Strasbourg, France at the Ecumenical Research Institute and in Israel at the Jerusalem Biblical Institute.
His duty assignments as an Army Combat Arms Officer included: Platoon Leader for three units, Executive Officer, and Aide-de-Camp in the 82D Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, NC; 1st Special Operations Command and 7th Special Forces Group, Central America; A/3-12 and A/4-7 Cavalry Troop Commander, G-3 Training, 3rd Armored Division, Germany; Exchange Officer, Canadian Army; and the Armor Captains Assignment Officer, PERSCOM, Military District of Washington.
Chaplain Kallerson's military education includes the Air Defense Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, Ranger School, Jumpmaster School, Armor Officer Advance Course, Cavalry Leaders Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Canadian Land Forces Command and General Staff College, Chaplain Officer Basic and Advance Courses, Chaplain Clinical Pastoral Education Advanced Program, the Army Command and General Staff College, the Chaplain LTC Course, and the resident Army War College as a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Institute of World Politics. His chaplain clinical training includes CPE residencies at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Medical College of Georgia, Veterans Hospital, Augusta, Georgia, Harvard Medical School's Mind Body Institute Clinical Training, the Army Post-Graduate Spirituality and Medicine Program, John Hopkins Institute for Spirituality and Medicine, and Duke University Spirituality Research and Medicine Program.
Chaplain Kallerson was ordained as an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor, spent four years serving as a Vicar and Assistant Pastor at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Lexington, South Carolina and then re-entered active duty in the Army Chaplaincy. His chaplain assignments include 3-504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82D Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, NC; 201st and 202nd Military Intelligence Battalions, 513th MI Brigade (INSCOM), Ft. Gordon, GA; Senior Chaplain Clinician, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; 2d Brigade Combat Team (BCT) Chaplain, 4th Infantry Division, Ft. Carson, CO; Deputy TRADOC Command Chaplain, Ft. Monroe, Virginia, and Division Chaplain, 10th Mountain Division, Ft. Drum, NY. His follow on assignment is in the Office of the Chief of Chaplains, Washington, D.C. Throughout his thirty years of service, Chaplain Kallerson has served in Central America, Haiti, Canada, Germany, Central Asia, Kosovo, the Middle East, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Chaplain Kallerson has earned 42 military awards and decorations, the Master Parachutist Badge; Ranger Tab; Canadian Airborne Badge and the Russian Parachutist Badge.
Chaplain Kallerson and his wife Connie are blessed with two daughters: Sarah and Laura and their son-in-law Ryan.