IWTC Corry Station’s Chaplain Orren Retires
Story & Photo by MC2 Taylor L. Jackson, CIWT Public Affairs
PENSACOLA, FL – Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station’s command chaplain, Cmdr. Steven “Todd” Orren, retired from the Navy after 22 years of dedicated and honorable service during a ceremony at the Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station chapel, March 8.
Family members, friends and shipmates attended the ceremony to honor and bid fair winds and following seas to Orren, who assumed the duties as command chaplain in February 2017.
As a Navy chaplain, Orren served as a minister for the Coast Guard, Marines and Navy to build personal, unit, and family readiness and strengthen spirit, moral character, and toughness.
CDR Chad Smith, IWTC Corry Station's commanding officer and the presiding officer, commended Orren for his loyal devotion to the Navy, Sailors and families.
“In his time at Corry Station, there have been nearly 15,000 students attending class here, and Chaps has had an impact on every one of them in some way,” said Smith. “His investment in our staff and students’ mental and spiritual wellness has been nothing short of extraordinary. He has been the rock we needed during times of struggle and adversity, and I would not have wanted to go through any of those times with anyone else.”
Retired Navy LCDR Carl Stamper served as the guest speaker. As a fellow Navy chaplain, Stamper regarded Orren as both a mentor and a friend.
“Todd has been a model for me as a chaplain throughout my career,” said Stamper. “There were many times where I needed advice, and he was the person I could always go to for the motivation and inspiration to do what I needed.”
Orren, a native of Kennewick, Washington, is a 1987 graduate of Covenant College. He attended Westminster Theological Seminary in California and received his Master of Divinity in 1990. He joined the Navy in 1996. After attending the Navy’s Chaplain School in Newport, Rhode Island, he reported to his first duty station at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida, where he provided crisis intervention for Joint Task Force Haiti and the relief efforts following a series of tornados in central Florida. His other duty stations include USS Hue City (CG 66), Marine 9th Engineer Support Battalion, Carrier Air Wing 2, Coast Guard District 17, Naval Submarine Support Center and Naval Air Station Pensacola.
During his remarks, Orren reflected on his 22 years of service and the friends and shipmates that have impacted his life during his career.
“It’s been a journey to serve in the Navy and to be able to serve the Marines and Coast Guard throughout the years,” said Orren. “I wouldn’t be here without God’s grace and the changes He has made in my heart and my life to bring me to this moment. You’re never in it by yourself, and we have others we can lean on in a time of need, so I’d like to thank all of those mentors that have helped me.”
The ceremony included numerous presentations to Orren and his family. He was presented with parting gifts from the IWTC Corry Station Chiefs Mess and wardroom.
The ceremony also included a retirement flag folding and presentation with the recitation of "Old Glory” and concluded with a recitation of "The Watch” by ITC James Vitale.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Orren and his family were piped ashore for the last time by the honors boatswain.
Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station, as part of the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT), provides a continuum of training to Navy and joint service personnel that prepares them to conduct information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations.
With four schoolhouse commands, two detachments, and training sites throughout the United States and Japan, CIWT is recognized as Naval Education and Training Command’s top learning center for the past three years. Training more than 21,000 students every year, CIWT delivers trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services. CIWT also offers more than 200 courses for cryptologic technicians, intelligence specialists, information systems technicians, electronics technicians, and officers in the information warfare community.