(Extensions of Remarks - February 13, 2015)

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[Congressional Record Volume 161, Number 25 (Friday, February 13, 2015)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E211]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]



                           HON. CHAKA FATTAH

                            of pennsylvania

                    in the house of representatives

                       Friday, February 13, 2015

  Mr. FATTAH. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to one of our 
nation's gifted veterans, Commander Paul S. Anderson, Chaplain in the 
United States Navy. Commander Anderson has enjoyed a long and 
illustrious career as a Chaplain in the United States Navy. For twenty-
five years he served as pastor, counselor and mentor to the thousands 
men and women of the Navy and the Marine Corps providing them with 
moral and spiritual support.
   Commander Anderson personifies honor, courage and commitment. He 
truly is a talented and gifted chaplain who has enjoyed amazing reach 
and impact to all who have benefitted from his ministry.
   On May 1, 2015 the Navy says farewell to one of its best and most 
dedicated chaplains as Commander Anderson will retire from active duty 
service. He leaves his watch with the confident assurance that serving 
in one of the most distinctive ministries in the world was God's 
specific calling on his life. He has served his country with honor and 
distinction and today we honor him for his commitment and service.
   Chaplain Anderson concludes his Navy career path as the Deputy 
Chaplain for Joint Forces Headquarters-National Capitol Region at Fort 
McNair in Washington, D.C. His portfolio included Joint Plans and 
Operations for Religious Support for ceremonies and circumstances that 
might overwhelm the capacity of civil authorities. Prior to that 
assignment, he was the Chief of the Department of Pastoral Care and 
Clinical Ethicist at the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Fort 
Belvoir, Virginia.
   Commander Anderson has served nobly at duty stations across the 
nation and around the world. They include: Naval Mobile Construction 
Battalion 133, Gulfport, MS ; USS MIDWAY (CV-41), Yokosuka, Japan; 
Chief of Naval Personnel Command, Washington, D.C.; Marine Corps Base, 
Okinawa, Japan; Naval District Washington, D.C.; USS MONTEREY (CG-61), 
Norfolk, VA; Boston University, Boston, MA; Southwest Asia Region, 
Manama, Bahrain; Maritime Helicopter Strike Wing, Mayport, FL; National 
Naval Military Medical Center; Bethesda, MD; Walter Reed Army Medical 
Center; Washington, D.C.; Fort Belvoir Community Hospital; Fort 
Belvoir, VA; Joint Forces Headquarters-National Capital Region and 
Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C.
   His decorations include Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Navy/Marine 
Corps Commendation Medal (3); Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal; 
Meritorious Unit Commendation Award; Good Conduct Award; Humanitarian 
Service Medal (2); National Defense Service Medal (2); Global War on 
Terrorism Medal (Expeditionary); Global War on Terrorism Medal; Sea 
Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.
   Chaplain Anderson has earned four graduate degrees; a Master of 
Divinity from Andrews University, a Master of Education in Counseling 
and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland and a Masters of 
Sacred Theology in Religion and Culture from Boston University. His 
Doctor of Ministry degree was conferred by Wesley Theological Seminary 
in Washington, D.C. He also holds certifications in Suicide Awareness 
and Prevention, Civil Mediation, Alternate Workplace Dispute 
Resolution, Temperament Analysis, Marriage Enrichment, Workforce 
Diversity and is a certified Life Coach.
   Commander Anderson anchors his life with the following text: Psalms 
37:4-5; Proverbs 3:5-6; John 14:1-3; Romans 8:28; Galatians 6:9; and 1 
John 1:9.
   On behalf of a grateful nation we salute you Chaplain Anderson, and 
wish you fair winds and following seas as you enter retirement and 
embrace a new chapter in your life.