State Chaplain ready to provide spiritual leadership to Kentucky Guardsmen

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Story by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Oliver 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Photos by Staff Sgt. Staci M. Dean, Joint Force Headquarters

Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Kentucky adjutant general, and Col. David E. Graetz, stand at attention during a promotion ceremony at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Nov. 7.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2010) – David E. Graetz was promoted to the rank of colonel during a ceremony at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Nov. 7.

With the promotion comes a new responsibility as the  official Kentucky National Guard State Chaplain.

“I am very privileged to supervise and to provide spiritual leadership for all the chaplains in the Kentucky Guard,” said Graetz.

“I would like to let all Kentucky Guardsmen, both Air and Army, know that they are not here to serve me, but I’m here to serve them,” he said.

Graetz also said for Kentucky Guardsmen, both single and married, to look for upcoming strong bond programs throughout the year.

Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Kentucky adjutant general, during a ceremony at Bonne National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Nov. 7.

Graetz joined the military in 1975 as an enlisted Navy Reservist.  He later earned his commission in 1984 and became a chaplain in 1989.

Graetz was pinned by his wife Gale, to whom he has been happily married almost 30 years.

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