President Obama Nominates New Air Force Chief of Chaplains
“I hope not to change at all,” Costin said. “I hope I just stay who I am.”
In an official DoD release, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced that President Obama had nominated US Air Force Col Dondi E. Costin to be the next Air Force Chief of Chaplains. As with some other headquarters staff jobs, the move merits a two-step promotion to Major General.
Chaplain Costin would be replacing Chaplain (MajGen) Howard Stendahl, who has served in the position since 2012.
Chaplain Costin is currently the Command Chaplain for PACAF. He is a frequent speaker at National Day of Prayer events, a participant in religious respect events at the US Air Force Academy (as well as a 1986 graduate), apparently an avid runner, and, probably because of his name, had the unfortunate problem of temporarily being confused as a “her” in the Air Force Times.
Chaplain Costin is a Southern Baptist and graduate of Liberty University.
And Mikey Weinstein shudders.