Chaplain Johnny Cometa is assigned as the Command Chaplain at the Commander Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Pacific, North Island, San Diego, California.
Chaplain Cometa first joined the U.S. Army Reserve Corps (ILT) as chaplain of 352d Combat Support Hospital in Oakland, California from 1997-2002. In September 2002 he joined the Navy Chaplain Corps (active duty). After completing the US Navy Chaplain Officer Basic Course in Newport, Rhode Island, he reported to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, NMCP, Virginia, for three-year tour where he was hand selected to serve as Command Chaplain and deployed with Expeditionary Medical Facility Portsmouth Bravo in Kuwait from August 2004 –February 2005. He also completed his one year Pastoral Care Residency Program (PCR) and earned the sub-specialty code of 1440N in 2004.
His first sea tour was as a Command Chaplain aboard USS CHOSIN (CG 65) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii from 2005-2007. While on board CHOSIN, the ship completed two successful Western Pacific deployments and was awarded the Spokane Trophy for warfighting excellence. In September 2007 he reported to Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni Japan where he served as base chaplain. In December of 2010, Chaplain Cometa reported to U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa and served as Command Chaplain. In October 2013 he reported to Submarine Squadron 11, at Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego. Then in October 2016, he reported to Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Pacific, his current assignment as Command Chaplain.
Before joining the chaplaincy, from 1981-1983, Chaplain Cometa worked as Public Relations Officer/Training Officer of the Philippine Medical Care Commission and Ministry of Agrarian Reform. He is a graduate of University of the Philippines with a B.A. in Communication Research. In 1983, he resigned from Philippine government service and went to Voorthuizen, Holland, to complete the International Hospital Christian Fellowship Full-Time Staff Training, IHCF. From 1983-1988, he visited 12 European and Asian countries promoting the vision of IHCF.
In 1989, after completing his Master of Divinity at the Asian Theological Seminary (Pastoral Award), he became a church planter/developer of Conservative Baptist of the Philippines, CBAP. He planted the first CBAP church in Samar, third largest island in the Philippines. He also served as CBAP National Prayer Coordinator. The Conservative Baptist of America, CBA invited Chaplain Cometa to work as church planter in the Bay Area and served as senior pastor of Living Word Christian Fellowship in San Jose, California from 1995-2002.
Chaplain Cometa’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (6), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and numerous unit and campaign awards. He is also a member of International Who's Who, Professional Management (May 2000).