I have received some information recently that due to a shortage of Chaplains navy wide both of Kings Point's chaplains will be reassigned. This will affect the Academy in a negative way as one could imagine. I'm not sure what the final decision will be, but below is the current statement from the Academy: "Colleagues: The Superintendent and others have been receiving several inquiries regarding the loss of chaplains at the Academy. The Superintendent has approved the following as the “official position” of the Academy on this issue. Please use this when responding to emails or phone calls, and when disseminating information to parents and alumni. Thanks for your note concerning our religious program. The latest information we have is that our Protestant Chaplain is leaving on 1 July without replacement. Our Catholic Chaplain just arrived and it looks like he may be leaving as early as August, also without replacement. Unfortunately, there is a real shortage of chaplains in the Navy and both of our chaplains will most likely go to Iraq . Navy chaplains have been a part of the Academy for over 65 years, and we are disappointed to lose them. However, we are working hard to ensure continued ministry support for the midshipman religious program. We have already been in contact with the Long Island campus ministry association, and will be meeting with candidates over the summer to select a part-time minister who has experience with college-aged congregants. We are also working closely with local congregations to provide additional coverage for our diverse faith groups. With time, we believe that we can create a strong and active campus ministry program. Religious support for our midshipmen is certainly important to the Superintendent and the Academy, so we’ll find ways to continue to provide a supportive ministry presence for the Regiment. V/R Eric Wallischeck"