Collins Welcomes Air Force Chief of Chaplains to the House

Sep 18, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) today welcomed Major General Steven A. Schaick, Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force, to offer the opening prayer in the House of Representatives in honor of the Air Force’s 72nd birthday.

“It’s a privilege and an honor to welcome Major General Steven Schaick to offer today’s opening prayer,” said Collins. “As a Chaplain in the Air Force Reserves, I have been privileged to minister and work with the brave men and women of the Air Force since 2002. Their courage and integrity both at home and abroad is unmatched, and Chaplain Schaick is a true testament to that courage and integrity.”

Click here to watch Collins' remarks

Click here to watch Chaplain Schaick's prayer

A native of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Chaplain Schaick enlisted in the Air Force in 1976, serving four years as an F-15 Integrated Avionics Component Specialist. He is endorsed by the Presbyterian Church, USA and was commissioned in the Air Force Reserves as a chaplain candidate in 1985 and into the active duty chaplaincy in 1988. 

Chaplain Schaick served three different major commands as a staff chaplain, followed by special duty assignment to Arlington National Cemetery. He now serves as the Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force, the senior pastor for over 664,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian forces serving in the U.S. and overseas.

Rep. Doug Collins has served as a Chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve since 2002. He completed a 2008-2009 deployment to Iraq while stationed at Balad Air Force Base. As a Lieutenant Colonel, Doug remains active in the Air Force Reserve.