Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C. --
Rear Admiral Brent W. Scott visited Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Feb. 3. Scott is the 19th Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps and the Deputy Chief of Navy Chaplains.
While aboard the air station, Scott spoke with Marines from Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting and Marine Aircraft Group 31. He also met with leaders from the air station.
“It was an honor to have him visit and tour our base,” said Cmdr. William Holliman, base chaplain of MCAS Beaufort. “It is not every day that we have such a high ranking official come down to us.”
Scott received a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1980. After twelve years as a civilian pastor, he received a commission in the U. S. Navy and was assigned to the 3rd Marine Air Wing in Yuma, Arizona, in 1992. Scott has served as a chaplain all over the world and became Chaplain of the Marine Corps on July 25, 2014.
The mission of the CHMC is to oversee religious ministry in the Marine Corps. Visits to installations like Beaufort are a part of maintaining the high standards of the Chaplain Corps.
“I though he showed great leadership traits,” said Cpl. Neal Thomas, a crewmember with Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting. “He gave us some good tips on how to improve our way of thinking.”
Chaplains are religious and spiritual leaders who speak to their Marines on a personal level. During his meetings aboard Fightertown, Scott spoke about his personal experiences in life and how he applies them to his role as a chaplain.
“While not all of us face combat on a day-to-day basis, every single person faces challenges on the battlefield of life,” said Scott. “The personal struggles that we all face are real and deserve just as much time and attention as our military duties.”
Scott gave time for Marines to ask him direct questions at the end of each talk he gave. This allowed them to relate to him directly and bring up topics they were interested in.
“It really seemed like he was interested in what we had to say,” said Thomas. “All the questions were answered with knowledge solid advice.”
The Marine with the most interesting question was awarded a CHMC challenge coin.
“I like meeting with people one-on-one like this,” said Scott. “When it comes down to it this is what a religious leader does. He relates to people.”
Scott will be in the Tri-command area throughout the week where he plans to visit Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island as well as Naval Hospital Beaufort.