Just received word that a new command chaplain took the helm as of 1 March 2011. Here is the information received: welcome aboard CAPT Francis D. Bonadonna, CHC, USN, who assumed duties today as our Command Chaplain. CAPT Bonadonna joins LCDR Joseph Koch on our Chapel Team. CAPT Bonadonna earned a Master of Divinity in 1979 from Wartburg Seminary. Ordained in 1980, he served at St. Nicodemus Lutheran Church, East Aurora, NY from 1980 to 1983, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Ridge, NY from 1983 to 2003 and most recently as the Assistant Pastor of St. Luke’s Lutheran, Farmingdale, NY. CAPT Bonadonna brings a wealth of experience as both Chaplain and Naval Officer. He has served in a number of different capacities as a U.S. Navy Reserve chaplain, and has been recalled to active duty on several occasions. After completing the Navy Chaplain School, CAPT Bonadonna served USCG Group Moriches and Air Station Brooklyn from 1986 to 1992. From October 1992 to September 1994, he served with Personnel Mobilization Team 202 and then with 2nd Battalion, 25 Marines. He was reassigned as Deputy Group Chaplain, Marine Aircraft Group 49, completing Cold Weather Training (1995), NATO exercise BATTLE GRIFFIN (1996) and CAX MCAGCC (Combined Arms Exercise - Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center) Twentynine Palms, CA (1997). In October 1997, CAPT Bonadonna was assigned as the Reserve Supervisory Chaplain for Combat Logistics Group Two, coordinating religious support of four AOEs (supply ships) based at Naval Weapons Station Earle, NJ. In May 1999, he transferred to Fleet Hospital Fort Dix, NJ and assigned additional duties at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD. Promoted to Commander in January 2001, he earned the Supervisory Chaplain NOBC (Naval Officer Billet Code) in May 2001. In April 2003, CAPT Bonadonna was assigned to the Religious Support Detachment augmenting 2FSSG and in February 2004, became the Officer In Charge. In October 2004, he transferred to Marine Aircraft Group 49 as Group Chaplain. He earned the Force Chaplain and Claimant Chaplain billet codes in November 2004, and was selected for promotion to Captain in June 2005. CAPT Bonadonna was recalled to Active Duty in September 2007 as Director of Religious Affairs/Force Chaplain for Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. He subsequently served as Deputy Regional Chaplain, Naval District Washington from April to November 2009. CAPT Bonadonna is a graduate of the Marine Corps University’s Command and Staff College, and is certified as a Joint Qualified Officer III.