Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Charles C. Baldwin is Air Force Chief of Chaplains, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. As a member of the special staff of the Chief of Staff, he advises on all matters pertaining to the religious and moral welfare of Air Force people. Also, he is responsible for establishing an effective total chaplain program to meet the religious needs of all members of the Air Force. As chief, he is the senior pastor for more than 710,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. He leads an Air Force Chaplain Service of approximately 2,200 chaplains and chaplain assistants from the active and Air Reserve components. As a member of the Armed Forces Chaplains Board, he and other members advise the Secretary of Defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff on religious, ethical, and quality-of-life concerns.
A 1969 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Chaplain Baldwin flew the EC-121, then later, the HH-53 as a rescue helicopter pilot. In January 1977, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and was assigned to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, as a Protestant chaplain. He later served in Sardinia, Italy, the academy's cadet chapel, Saudi Arabia, and the Office of the Chief of Chaplains. In addition, he has served as Commandant of the Air Force Chaplain Service Institute and as Command Chaplain for Air Education and Training Command. Prior to assuming his current position, he was Deputy Chief of the Chaplain Service.
1969 Bachelor of Science degree, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1977 Master of Divinity degree, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky.
1984 Air Command and Staff College, by seminar
1994 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. August 1969 - August 1970, student, undergraduate pilot training, Laughlin AFB, Texas
2. August 1970 - August 1971, EC-121 pilot, 552nd Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing, McClellan AFB, Calif.
3. August 1971 - May 1972, student, helicopter pilot training, Fort Rucker, Ala., and Hill AFB, Utah
4. May 1972 - December 1972, HH-53 rescue helicopter pilot, 37th Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron, DaNang Air Base, South Vietnam
5. December 1972 - March 1973, HH-53 rescue helicopter pilot, 40th Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron, Nakhom Phanom Royal Thai AFB, Thailand
6. March 1973 - August 1974, EC-121 pilot, 552nd Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing, McClellan AFB, Calif.
7. August 1974 - January 1979, civilian Southern Baptist minister
8. January 1979 - June 1981, Protestant chaplain, Lackland AFB, Texas
9. June 1981 - June 1982, installation chaplain, Decimomannu Air Base, Italy
10. June 1982 - June 1986, senior Protestant chaplain, U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel, Colorado Springs, Colo.
11. June 1986 - June 1989, Assistant Chief, Personnel Division, and mobility and readiness officer, Office of the Command Chaplain, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, West Germany
12. June 1989 - June 1992, senior chaplain, Myrtle Beach AFB, S.C. (August 1990 - March 1991, senior chaplain, King Fahad International Airport, Saudi Arabia)
13. June 1992 - July 1993, Protestant chaplain assignments officer, Chaplain Support Element, Office of the Chief of Chaplains, Bolling AFB, D.C.
14. July 1993 - June 1994, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
15. June 1994 - July 1996, Commandant, USAF Chaplain Service Institute, Ira C. Eaker College for Professional Development, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
16. July 1996 - July 1999, Command Chaplain, North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Space Command and Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
17. July 1999 - April 2001, Command Chaplain, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas
18. April 2001 - June 2004, Deputy Chief, Air Force Chaplain Service, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
19. June 2004 - present, Air Force Chief of Chaplains, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device and oak leaf cluster
Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze stars
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait)
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Captain Jan. 1, 1979
Major April 1, 1985
Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 1989
Colonel Oct. 1, 1994
Brigadier General Aug. 1, 2001
Major General June 1, 2004
(Current as of May 2008)