Chaplain (LTC) Karen L. Meeker
IWP USAWCF, 2015-2016
Chaplain Karen Meeker grew up in Huntington Mills, Pennsylvania. Chaplain Meeker is endorsed by the United Methodist Church and is an Elder in the Susquehanna Conference. She served a year in the West Indes on the island of Dominica and three years near State College, Pennsylvania with the Church before entering Active Duty as an Army Chaplain in 1997.
Chaplain Meeker is a graduate of Bucknell University and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Classics. She received her Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. She received Clinical Pastoral Education at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She participated in two seasons at the Leon Levy Archaeological Expedition in Ashkelon, Israel.
Chaplain Meeker enlisted in the Army in 1986 and graduated basic as the Solider of the Cycle at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Four years later received a commission after graduating college on a ROTC scholarship.
Chaplain Meeker recently returned from deployment as the Chaplain for CENTCOM Forward Jordan. Chaplain Meeker’s previous assignments include the Iron Shepherd, 1st Armored Division Chaplain, Fort Bliss, Texas; Executive Officer, Office of the Chief of Chaplains, Pentagon; Accessions Officer, Office of the Chief of Chaplains; Deputy Command Chaplain, Combined Joint Task Force 101, Afghanistan; Deputy Division Chaplain, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell; Group Chaplain, 43d Area Support Group, Fort Carson and Kuwait; Deputy Group Chaplain, 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne), US Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Battalion Chaplain, 2-2 Aviation Battalion (Air Assault), 2d Infantry Division, Republic of Korea; and Battalion Chaplain, 307 Forward Support Battalion (Airborne), 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Chaplain Meeker’s military schools include principal selection for Senior Service College and graduate of the following schools: Command General and Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Chaplain Captain Career Course at Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Pathfinder School and Officer Honor Graduate, Basic Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia; Advanced Airborne School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and the Chaplains Officer Basic Course at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.
Chaplain Meeker’s awards and badges include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (Three Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (One Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Service Achievement Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (Three Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Unit Meritorious Award, Afghan Campaign Medal, National Defense Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Reserves Overseas Ribbon, NATO Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Korean and German Parachutist Badges, German Sports Badge (Bronze), and Army Staff Badge. She is a Noble Patron of Armor. Chaplain Meeker received the Distinguished Service Award from the Military Chaplains Association in 2004. Chaplain Meeker was recognized by Northwest High School as a Distinguished Graduate in 2002.
Chaplain Meeker enjoys serving Soldiers and their Families, preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and competing in an occasional endurance event.
“Dominus sit in corde meo et in labiis meis,ut digne et competenter annuntiem Evangelium suum.”