the first African American Chaplain to become the Army’s Deputy Chief of Chaplains in the Pentagon.
AFRICAN AMERICANS HAVE SERVED IN THE MILITARY FOR MORE THAN TWO-HUNDRED YEARS.
THIS YEAR, DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH, THE U.S. ARMY RESERVE IS RECOGNIZING THE INDISPENSABLE ROLE OF AFRICAN AMERICAN SOLDIERS AND PAYING TRIBUTE TO THEIR SERVICE. TODAY, AFRICAN AMERICANS MAKE UP MORE THAN 20% OF THE ARMY RESERVE AND SERVE ON VARIOUS LEVELS OF MILITARY LEADERSHIP.
TWO EXAMPLES TODAY ARE THE ARMY RESERVE HAS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO BECOME THE ARMY’S DEPUTY CHIEF OF CHAPLAINS AND THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO COMMAND THE 91ST TRAINING DIVISION.
HERE TO TALK ABOUT HOW DIVERSITY MAKES THE ARMY RESERVE STRONGER AND SHARE A FEW STORIES OF BRAVERY AND SERVICE IS:
• BRIGADIER GENERAL ANDREW HAREWOOD, THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO BECOME THE ARMY’S DEPUTY CHIEF OF CHAPLAINS IN THE ARMY RESERVE
BIO-Chaplain Harewood became the Deputy Chief of Chaplains, United States Army Reserve, in November 2020. He serves as the primary Army Reserve liaison to the United States Army Chief of Chaplains and the Chaplain Corps’ chief strategist. He is ordained as a minister and endorsed as an Army chaplain by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Chaplain Harewood provides advice and counsel to the Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command, and oversees resources, training, and policy for more than 700 chaplains serving 190,000 Army Reserve soldiers, their families, and Army Reserve civilians. Concurrent with his military duty in the Reserve Component, Chaplain Harewood’s experience has included many years serving as a civilian pastor. He first entered military service as an enlisted soldier in 1990 as a 71M, and was commissioned 1st Lieutenant, in 1996. His subsequent assignments have included 323rd Military Intelligence Battalion; 109th Detachment Team, 453rd Finance Group; 413th Adjutants General Company. COL Harewood have deployed to Central America, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and to Combined Forces Command Afghanistan. Following redeployment, he was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Chaplains as the Force Management Integration Action Officer, and later was re-assigned to the Office of the Secretary of The Army as the Deputy Pentagon Chaplain. He served as Logistics, Information and Resources Manager for the United States Army Reserve Command; Command Chaplain of ASA Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst; Command Chaplain for the 80th Training Command (TASS), and most recent the Senior Chaplain Advisor, IMCOM–Readiness, FORSCOM HQ Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He is a graduate of the NCO Academy, the U.S. Army Chaplain Center & School Officer’s Basic Course, Resource Manager Course, Advance Career Course, The Army Force Management Staff College, Command and General Staff College, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Strategic Framework for Non-Profit and Non-Governmental Organizations Program. He is a Certified Trainer of Living Works Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training; Myers Briggs Type Indicator; Trainer of The Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program and the Emotional Quotient Inventory Certification Instrument. He completed both Master’s and Doctoral Degrees at Howard University, and was the Howard University 1995 recipient of the Henry G. Maynard Scholastic Award. COL Harewood is the recipient of several Military awards, and Citations to include recognition from The White House, Pennsylvania Senate and various other civic and Denomination awards. He is married to Karen Annette, a Medical Doctor and they have four sons; Andrew, Jason, Aaren and Jalon. His hobbies include reading, distance running, billiards, Scuba diving, and devising creative and educational methods of comprehensive leadership. Andrew’s Life Motto is, “Don’t tell me, show me”!
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