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Dr. Michael Wayne Langston
Nickname: Mike

206 Timberline Dr.
Sanford, NC 27332

United States Navy
Camp Lejeune, NC 28541
mike.langston@ ciu.edu
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Dr. Langston was born in Birmingham, Alabama on 11 November 1954. He attended the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, Louisiana on an athletic scholarship in Football and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1977. He was subsequently commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the United States Marine Corps. He completed The Basic School (TBS) in June 78 as a 0302, Infantry Officer and completed the USMC Infantry Officers Course in July 1978. His first assignment was with 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division as a Platoon Commander in India Company. His next assignment was to HQBN, The Basic School, Quantico, VA. as an instructor teaching Land Navigation, Patrolling, Physical Fitness, and Techniques of Military Instruction.
In December of 1983, then Capt. Langston resigned his regular active duty commission and accepted a reserve commission serving Marine Corps Reserve units in Raleigh, NC and Greenville, SC. Dr. Langston is a 1986 graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree (M.Div.) in Theology and Pastoral Care. Upon completion of a year residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at Baptist Hospital in Columbia, SC, Dr. Langston pastored Cherryfield Baptist Church and was the Sheriff's Chaplain for Transylvania County Sheriff Dept. in Brevard, NC.

Dr. Langston was recalled to active duty from the Navy Reserve as a United States Navy Chaplain in June of 1988. His service as a U.S. Navy Chaplain includes tours with Marine Aircraft Group-29, MCAS New River, NC; Marine Wing Support Group-27, MCAS Cherry Point, NC; Air Combat Element Chaplain, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm on board USS Guam (LPH 9); USS CHOSIN (CG 65), Pearl Harbor, HI; Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Yorktown, VA; Naval Air Station Keflavik, Keflavik, Iceland; Deputy Division Chaplain, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC; student, The Naval War College, Newport, RI.; Advanced Course Officer, Naval Chaplains School, Newport, RI.; Director, Operational Ministry Center, Norfolk, VA; Theater Chaplain, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan (CFC-A), Kabul, Afghanistan; Division Chaplain, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC; the Force Chaplain for II MEF (Fwd) in Al Anbar Province, Iraq and Commanding Officer, Naval Chaplaincy School and Center, Columbia, SC; Executive Director of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Center, Ft Jackson, Columbia, SC. Retired June, 2011 after 36 yrs. Presently serves as Chairman of the Blythewood City Council, Board of Architectural Review (BAR).

He has an earned Doctorate (D. Min.) from Bethel Theological Seminary (1996), Saint Paul, MN with a concentration in Military Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care. In 2003 he graduated from the Naval War College, Newport, RI, earning a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Dr. Langston earned the Navy designator Master Training Specialist and completed the Marine Corps Command and Staff JPME at Camp Lejeune, NC. He is presently in the Dissertation phase of a PhD program at the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen Scotland.

His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), Combat Action Ribbon, and various unit citations and campaign ribbons. Chaplain Langston is ordained and endorsed through the Southern Baptist Convention. He is married to the former Kathy Lee Jones, PhD of Greenville, SC. Chaplain and Dr. Langston have been married for 30 years and have three children; Michael, Jr. (28), and Daughter-in-law Kristin (27), w/ 2 Grandchildren, Son, Jefferson (21) and Daughter, Elizabeth (18). They reside in Blythewood, SC.
Submitted Aug. 4, 2015

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Greetings Everyone, (Jan. 2, 2008 Message)

I wanted to take a moment and say Happy New Year to you all. I'm so glad
that 2008 has finally arrived. Well Christmas has come and gone, it was
a very festive occasion here in Iraq. We had fun but missed home

I had the opportunity to go to the Field with BGen Gurganus, our Ground
Combat Commander, to provide Christmas Services to our Marines and
Sailors in the field on the front lines. I visited Expeditionary Patrol
Bases (EPB) Tanner, Alus and Albu Hyatt. In the attachment above is an
article by Gunnery Sergeant Varnadore, Public Affairs Office that
accompanied us on the trip around the Area of Operation. It was great as
I had the opportunity to be a Chaplain to the Marines and Sailors once
again. It was great ministering to them on such a wonderful day as
Christmas. They were thrilled and shocked that a General and a senior
Chaplain came out to do a service for them. I think I ws blessed more
than they were. God is good and the ministry opportunity was great.

Well, it is time for me to be leaving Iraq. I leave on 9 Jan 08 and
should be back in the States on the 14th. Jan will be a busy month for
me as I have to get the 2d Marine Division Memorial Service planned,
coordinated and set before the rest of the Division get home in late

It has bee a tough year, but immensely rewarding. God has blessed us in
so many ways it is hard to describe. Each of your prayers and individual
support efforts have been received with open and welcomed arms. I'd like
to thank each of you for your prayers, support, love and willingness to
be part of this great ministry.

The Morning Devotions will continue for about a week after I leave
country as I have pre-programmed them to be sent until they finish. As a
side note I plan on turning this past years devotions into a devotional
book and get it published once I get back. It will be a devotional based
on 365 days that came from this past years combat deployment to
Fallujah, Iraq. If y our interested stay tuned and connected. My home
email address is Chapmikel77@yahoo.com or my Camp Lejeune email is

As a side note, once aI get home I will be preparing to PCS to Newport,
RI this summer to become the new Commanding Officer of the Naval
Chaplain School. It is the only Commanding Officer for Chaplains in the
Navy. Additionally we will be moving the school in late 2009 to
Columbia, S.C. where we will be co-located with the Army Chaplain School
and the Air Force Chaplain School. Starting in late March I will be
attending 7 weeks of schooling (called pipeline training) getting me
ready to be a Commanding Officer. I'll take some leave in June, report
to the School house in July and have the Change of Command on 1 August
08. Please keep all of this in your prayers as Kathy, the kids and I
will move the household yet one more time.

Once again thanks you for all of your support this year. Your prayers
were answered and God has seen fit to protect me and bless this
ministry. All to his glory, honor and praise. God bless all of you and I
hope to hear from you in my home and stateside email addresses.

In Christ,

Michael W. Langston
MNF-W Force Chaplain
Fallujah, Iraq

Ph: 318-3405-499
VoIP: 696-0038
NIPR Email: michael.langston@mnf-wiraq.usmc.mil
SIPR Email: michael.langston@mnf-wiraq.usmc.smil.mil

SOLI DEO GLORIA! (To God alone be the Glory)

Posted Jan. 2, 2007
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Greetings to All,

I've been meaning to write well before this. The pace of our operations and the drive to meet all the requirements are at times exhausting and extremely demanding on me. I just returned from a short round of Battlefield Circulation with the Ground Combat Element Commander. It is always good to travel with a General Officer as you can count on the transportation being on time and billeting always being available. I travel with one of our three General Officers most of the time. I will be out again next week visiting some of our most remote units and Chaplains. That trip should be about three or four days.

When traveling with Chief Petty Officer Bousquet and myself it usually means late nights at the airfields waiting on helicopters and maybe sleeping on the ground or a corner somewhere as we travel to see our folks. We often get delayed because of weather (sand storms) and mechanical breakdowns. We�d rather be delayed than breakdown in flight!

The weather is getting hotter by the day. Our daily lows are now in the low 90's and high's in the 118-122 range. The hottest part of the day is about 1600 (4:00 o'clock PM). The last rain we experienced was in early May. We will not see rain until about late Oct or early Nov. Our most regular occurrence right now is the weekly sand storms. They come in from the west out of Syria and Jordan. They move across the Iraqi Desert picking up sand as they move further east. When it hits it shuts things down for 3-6 hours and leaves dust and sand everywhere. We get these about every 7 to 10 days. The one pictured below was a big one last year. We�ve only had two that resemble the picture below. This was Al Asad our major Marine Airbase.

(we regret that pictures cannot be placed in profiles - please see one picture in the AN News)

Ministry is going great. Our Chaplains and RPs are doing a super job. All of our services are being well attended. Most of the Chaplains and RPs are outside of the wire two or three times a week visiting their people, providing Worship services, counseling, and Pastoral Care to those in need. To date I�ve been to 41 Memorial Services, many of them having multiple service members we are honoring and memorializing. This is one of the harder and more difficult things we walk with our Marines, sailors and soldiers through.

Just about every Chaplain has a story to tell of how someone has come to faith as a result of being in this theater. We�ve baptized quite a few so far and others are attending classes on what it means to be a Christian. Every Chaplain is making a huge difference which has eternal ramifications. Please keep us in your prayers as we all try to maintain our faithfulness to the ministry God has called us to.

To date, we have not had a Chaplain or a RP hurt or wounded. They are very careful in how they do their ministry. I think sometimes I am very tough on them as I remind them they are in a war zone. I keep enforcing the tactical training we all received and I think at times they get tired of hearing me stress it all. While God will and does protect us, we cannot do something stupid that puts ours or others lives in danger. I�m so proud of these men and women.

I send out a morning devotion every Mon-Fri that seems to be really touching the lives of our men and women here in theater. I know that our God is touching lives in ways that most of these folks never thought possible. I have heard so many stories of how God has saved them in a rough spot as they encountered the enemy, an ambush or an IED strike. Christ is the one who sustains us and provides us with the ability to go on in the midst of what sometimes seems like impossible odds. But, He provides and we are able to go on and do our jobs.

In spite of the news reports you get back home please know we are making a difference for the Iraqi people. The AQI (enemy element) have been driven out of many cities and are on the verge of being driven out of Al Anbar Province here in Iraq. II MEF (FWD) is located in Al Anbar Province. As we drove through Ramadi and Fallujah two days ago it was amazing to see people in the streets again shopping and rebuilding their homes/stores/schools after having reclaimed these things from the insurgents. Most Iraqi�s want to get this fighting over with and want AQI out of their country. They will also be glad when we are gone too; but only after we have gotten rid of the bad guys. We are making a difference and our troops know this and for that reason they put up with the hardships and being away from the folks they all love so deeply.

Kathy and the kids are doing well. Kathy is being treated for her recent diagnoses of rheumatoid arthritis. She is swollen and sore at times but is learning to cope. Please keep her in your prayers. Michael Plays football for Campbell University (Offensive Guard 260 lbs) and is working in the Weight Room at the University for his Football Coaches. He is doing well. He earned his Tae Kwon Do Black Belt a couple of weeks ago and I�m proud of him. Jeff and Elizabeth will get their Black Belts in the next month or so. It has been a three year evolution for all three of them in earning their mastery of this event. I�m proud of them as they get close to achieving this great accomplishment. Once that is done we will all have our Black Belts in Tae Kwon Do. Jeff and Elizabeth are just enjoying the summer and being out of School. Jeff is working hard training Beausefus (Beau) our 8 month old Chocolate Lab. He�s a great dog and I miss him. He was only a pup when I left and according to Kathy he is about 70 pounds now. Elizabeth just finished Girls fast pitch softball where she was the teams leading hitter; she hit five home runs this season. She�s a good ball player, she never gives up.

Other prayer requests; pray for God�s protection for each of us. Pray that our families are safe and well cared for back at home. Pray that our Lord will provide the endurance that we need to keep up the good fight of proclaiming the Gospel message. Pray that we will honor Him in all we say and do. And pray for the multitudes of prayer warriors at home to lift us up on a daily basis. Thank you all!

If you have the time, send an email saying hello. It is nice to get mail once in a while. It makes the days and weeks go by faster when you�re connected with folks you care about back home. If you see where I�ve missed somebody, it is because I do not have their email address. If you will send this on to them I�d be most appreciative. Also, send me their email address so I can add them to my list. Thanks.

God bless each of you and know God is good and love each of us. Be faithful and let the love of Christ flow through you to others.

In Christ�s Peace,


Michael W. Langston


MNF-W Force Chaplain


Fallujah, Iraq

Ph: 318-3405-499

NIPR Email: michael.langston@mnf-wiraq.usmc.mil

SIPR Email: michael.langston@mnf-wiraq.usmc.smil.mil

Posted in the Athletic Network on July 14, 2007.

I'm now deployed to Iraq as the Force Chaplain for Multi National Force-West;
II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD) which is the Marine Force in Al Anbar,
Province, Iraq. I will be deployed for the next year, Jan 08. I just returned from Afghanistan in May 06 and deployed to Iraq in Jan 07.

Michael W. Langston
MNF-W Force Chaplain
Fallujah, Iraq
Ph: 318-3405-499

NIPR Email: michael.langston@mnf-wiraq.usmc.mil
SIPR Email: michael.langston@mnf-wiraq.usmc.smil.mil

Originally posted April 24, 2007

Former Cajun Chaplain in Afghanistan Theater

January 18, 2006 - Michael Langston, Football 1973-1977, is now serving as Chaplain in the Afghanistan Theater. His profile has been updated and makes for interesting reading.

Mike escorted an Afghan Delegation to the U. S. in March 06 where they toured military bases and major cities on our East Coast.

Posted in AN News on January 18, 2006

Previously Submitted by Michael
-Navy Chaplain Corps
-Captain, U.S. Navy
-MDiv Theology 1986
-MA National Security and Strategic Affairs 2003
-Doctor of Ministry, Military Chaplaincy 1996
-PhD Conflict Resolution and Peacemaking (Working)
Football:  1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977
Military Veteran:  1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

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