Female Soldier transfers home to pursue chaplaincy

Staff report

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Chaplain (Col.) John Mark Toby, State Chaplain for the Tennessee National Guard traveled to Frankfort, Ky., to swear in1st Lt. Misti Reagan into the Tennessee Guard March 6, 2014. Reagan, formerly with the Kentucky Guard, transferred to her home state to pursue placement as a pastor in Tennessee. (Courtesy photo)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — In January 2009, 1st Lt. Misti Reagan joined the Kentucky National Guard to participate in the Chaplain Candidate Program.

Tennessee is home for Reagan. She grew up in Friendship, Tenn., but left those roots to pursue her civilian education for chaplaincy at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. While studying there, Reagan earned two Master’s degrees, Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling.

“Serving with the Kentucky National Guard has been a true honor,” said Reagan. “I will never forget the blessings of being part of such a strong team. I look forward to learning more in the Tennessee National Guard while moving forward to become a Chaplain.”

The Chaplain Candidate Program is a Department of the Army recruiting, training and educational program for perspective chaplains to fill projected demands for the active and reserve components.

“First Lieutenant Reagan displays a level of professionalism and a genuine desire to provide unbridled religious support for Soldiers and their family members that is unsurpassed,” said Chaplain (Maj.) Bill Draper, State Support Chaplain for the Kentucky Guard. “She has been a tremendous role-model to subordinates and peers alike. Tennessee is gaining an excellent Soldier and future chaplain.”

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Chaplain (Col.) John Mark Toby, State Chaplain for the Tennessee National Guard, admisiters the oath of office to 1st Lt. Misti Reagan in Frankfort, Ky., March 6, 2014. Reagan, formerly with the Kentucky Guard, transferred to her home state to pursue placement as a pastor in Tennessee. (Courtesy photo)

Reagan was attached to the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade since July 2009 where she provided exceptional support to the men and women of the unit. Reagan is working toward ordination in the Methodist Church and placement as Pastor.

“We are proud of Misti Reagan and continue to keep her and her family in prayer as she follows the Lord’s direction in service to America’s best,” said Kentucky’s State Chaplain, Lt. Col. Yong Cho.