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Certain earned his bachelor's degree from Emory University and was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force. After flying B-52s for four years, including two tours in SEA and three months as a POW, he earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from the School of Theology at the University of the South. He continued in the Air Force as a chaplain, including 22 years in the reserves. His reserve duty included attendance at the Air War College and assignments as the senior protestant IMA chaplain at headquarters of the Strategic Air Command, the Air Mobility Command, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. He officiated the funeral services for President Gerald Ford in 2007. He has served on the DoD Defense Health Board and medical ethics committee, the Task Force for the Prevention of Suicide by Members of the Armed Forces, and the VA Advisory Committee on Former POWs. He retired from parish ministry in 2012 and is now the executive director of the Military Chaplains Association. He is also president of the Atlanta Chapter of MOAA.

Positions Held at MOAA:

  • Council and Chapter Affairs Committee