By Mr. Kristopher Joseph (CECOM)July 11, 2016
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md (July 11, 2016) -- The Communications-Electronics Command welcomes the new command chaplain Col. Peter Mueller who will also serve as the senior chaplain for Aberdeen Proving Ground.
CECOM is no stranger to Mueller as he served previously as the chaplain at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey when the organization was undergoing Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). Starting his second tour with CECOM, Mueller brings fond memories from the past.
"Previously working for CECOM was very rewarding," said Mueller. "During BRAC employees were facing challenges and I was honored to help people work through those challenges and find the greater purpose for their career."
Originally from Hood River, Oregon, Mueller comes from a family lineage of religious leadership that stems back to the late 1800's. After college and seminary, Mueller established his first Lutheran pastorship in Michigan. His military service began shortly after by serving three years in the National Guard and then became commissioned in active duty in 1989.
He served his first assignments in Germany and then returned to become an ethics instructor and eventually the manager of the basic course for Army chaplains among other diverse assignments that included CECOM.
"CECOM is more 'cosmopolitan' than other organizations because of its relationships with industry," Mueller said. "I like the diversity of working with a more civilian-based unit because the challenges they face are on a different level than Soldiers."
Mueller said that his main focus as a chaplain is to ensure the free exercise of spiritual faith but also laid out some of his focus points as he steps into his new and old position.
"I think there is a lot of potential to expand and elevate the awareness of our Unit Ministry Teams to aid in various morale programs on APG. On a personal level I also want to help any person find the 'why' in what they are doing to increase the enjoyability that gets them up in the morning to come to work."
After 40 years of marriage, four children and six grandchildren, Mueller sees family as an essential element that shaped the way he looks at those he serves and how he serves the nation.
"I'm really happy to back at CECOM and just looking forward to make any positive difference I can."