The Army's new chief of chaplains was promoted to the rank of major general and installed in his post during a ceremony May 22 at Memorial Chapel on the Fort Myer portion of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.
Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Paul K. Hurley's promotion from colonel to two-star general was confirmed by the Senate on March 27. He replaced Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Donald L. Rutherford, chaplain, as the Army's 24th chief of chaplains.
In his remarks, Hurley said he and his fellow chaplains serve in the military in order to serve their fellow service members, their families and the nation.
"This is our commitment," he said.
Hurley was sworn in by Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, director of the Army's capabilities integration center and deputy commanding general, Futures, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.
In his post, Hurley is supervising officer of the Army's chaplain corps. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1984 and served two assignments as a field artillery officer in Germany and Fort Bragg, North Carolina, before he began to discern a call to the priesthood. He resigned his commission in 1990 and attended St. John's Seminary in Boston. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1995 and spent five years as a parish priest in the Archdiocese of Boston before he rejoined the active duty Army Chaplain Corps in 2000. He most recently served as command chaplain for the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.