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Major General Cecil Richardson to speak for Evangel University commencement on Friday, May 3

May 1, 2013 | Valorie Coleman


Major General Cecil Richardson, who recently retired as U.S. Air Force Chief of Chaplains, stationed at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., will be the speaker for Evangel University’s 55th annual commencement ceremony on Friday, May 3, 2013.

The ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the main sanctuary at James River Assembly of God in Ozark, Mo. Doors will open at 8 a.m.

Richardson graduated from Evangel University in 1973 with a B.A. in biblical studies. In 1976, he earned an M.Div. in Hebrew studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He was Evangel’s 2002 Distinguished Alumnus.

Military Career

As a member of the special staff to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Richardson established guidance and provided advice on all matters pertaining to the religious and moral welfare of Air Force personnel. He was responsible for establishing an effective chaplain program to meet the religious needs of all members of the Air Force and their dependents.

As Chief of Chaplains, he was the senior pastor for more than 800,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. He led an Air Force Chaplain Corps of around 2,200 chaplains and chaplain assistants from the active and Air Reserve components.

As Chairman of the Armed Forces Chaplains Board, he advised the Secretary of Defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff on religious, ethical and quality-of-life concerns.

Richardson joined the military and began his career as an enlisted intercept operator and Russian interpreter. He has served two assignments as a senior Protestant chaplain and two as a wing chaplain. He also has served as the chaplain assignments officer and a major command division chief.

His senior leadership positions have included Executive Director, Armed Forces Chaplain Board; Command Chaplain for U.S. Central Command and Air Combat Command; and Commandment, U.S. Air Force Chaplains Corps College. Prior to serving as U.S. Air Force Chief of Chaplains, he served as the Air Force Deputy Chief of Chaplains.

For his service in the Air Force, Richardson has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the National Defense Service Medal, the Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon and many more.

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