Capt. Carey H. Cash, a Navy chaplain and native of Memphis, Tennessee, graduated from The Citadel in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and was named First-Team All-American for Division 1-AA Football. Answering the call to ministry, he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and earned his Master of Divinity degree in 1998. He completed a Master of Theology with a concentration in ethics from Boston University in 2008 and a Doctor of Ministry from The Catholic University of America in 2017.
His operational tours include battalion chaplain to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment where he provided ministry to infantry Marines during the opening months of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Following this tour he was chosen by the Navy’s chief of chaplains to receive the Military Chaplains Distinguished Service Award for Ministry to Marines. He also served as command chaplain aboard USS San Jacinto (CG 56), deploying to the Arabian Gulf in support of OIF carrier operations and oil-platform defense; officer in charge of the Mobile Support Team for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), where he deployed to Afghanistan in 2011; and command chaplain aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and for Carrier Strike Group 3, deploying to the western pacific in support of U.S. 7th Fleet operations. Most recently, he served as the force and fleet chaplain for NAVCENT / U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain, where he was responsible for coordinating religious ministry for all Navy chaplains afloat and ashore serving in the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility.
Cash’s shore assignments include deputy director, Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) Europe; command chaplain to Naval Support Facility Thurmont, Camp David, Maryland; and deputy command chaplain at the U.S. Naval Academy. Cash also served as director of the Navy Chaplain Corps’ Ethics Community of Interest.
He reported as commanding officer, Naval Chaplaincy School and Center in March 2020.
His awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), Combat Action Ribbon, and Presidential Unit Citation.