(ARLINGTON, Va.) -- Chaplain James "Dusty" Gray was promoted to the rank of Colonel during a ceremony held at the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Memorial Chapel, Dec. 13.

Chaplain (Col.) Michael E. Brainerd, Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region/U.S. Army Military District of Washington command chaplain and Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, JFHQ-NCR/MDW commanding general spoke during the ceremony.

Gray graduated from the University of Alabama's Air Force ROTC program and was stationed at JFHQ-NCR/MDW prior to being deployed to Kuwait and Iraq in 2005. Following his deployment he returned to JFHQ-NCR/MDW where he continues to provide ministerial services to Arlington National Cemetery; incoming Wounded Warriors at Andrews Air Force Base and the MDW Army Air Operations Group. He also pastors the 7:45 a.m. congregation at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Memorial Chapel.