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District Five Command Chaplain

Robert O. Guilliams LCDR, CHC, USN

Fifth Coast Guard District Command Chaplain

LCDR Robert Guilliams, a native of Natchitoches, Louisiana, is a 2003 graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of General Studies degree with minors in History, Psychology and Religious Studies. In 2005, he graduated from Colorado Technical University with a Master of Science in Management degree focusing on Information Technology Management. He continued his graduate studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary from which he graduated in 2009 with a Master of Divinity degree in Christian Education and Leadership.

Chaplain Guilliams was enlisted in the United States Army from 1994 until 2000. He graduated from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, with a diploma in Modern Standard Arabic and subsequently served as a Signals Intelligence Analyst and Arabic Linguist with the 66th Military Intelligence Group (Provisional) in Augsburg, Germany deploying to Sarajevo, Bosnia. He subsequently served with the Cryptologic Services Group, Forces Command at Ft. McPherson, Georgia.

After completing his contract with the Army, Guilliams worked for the civilian sector in Atlanta, GA for a short time before beginning his pastoral service at the first of three churches. While in seminary Chaplain Guilliams was commissioned in the Air Force Reserve as a Chaplain Candidate serving from 2005 through 2009. He served candidate tours at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, and at Peterson AFB in Colorado. Upon graduation from seminary Chaplain Guilliams transferred to the Navy as an Active duty Chaplain.

In August 2009 Chaplain Guilliams graduated the Chaplain Basic Leadership Course and was assigned to Naval Construction Training Center, Gulfport, Mississippi. He served there until 2012 when he transferred to 1st Battalion 3rd Marines, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawii. While assigned to the 1st Battalion 3rd Marines, Chaplain Guilliams deployed to Okinawa as part of the Unit Deployment Program and participated in exercises in Thailand and South Korea. On returning from deployment he was transferred to 1st Battalion 12th Marines. In August 2015, Chaplain Guilliams transferred to Submarine Base New London, in Groton, Connecticut, where he served as the Deputy Command Chaplain and then Command Chaplain for the base. In August 2018 he moved to Newport News, Virgina to serve as the Principal Assistant Chaplain onboard USS GEORGE WASINGTON (CVN 73). In September 2020 he assumed duty as the Chaplain for Coast Guard District Five.

Chaplain Guilliams’ personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (2 awards), the Army Good Conduct Medal (2 awards), the National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and various other personal and unit awards. He has also earned the Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer insignia.

Chaplain Guilliams has been married to his wife Dee Dee since December 1995. They have four children: daughters, Ashtyn and Braylie, and sons, Owen and Tyler.

(Current as of Nov. 30, 2020)


All retreats are free, including room and meals. All CREDO retreats are open to all active duty military and their immediate family members, and members of reserve components in an active status and their immediate family members.

Please view the back page for a short description of all retreats. All retreats are held Friday to Sunday unless otherwise noted.

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Contact information

757-686-2160 (o) 757-434-7338 (c)

Chaplain's Office is located at BSU Portsmouth

Chaplain Robert Guilliams LCDR,
Chaplain Corps, USN
Fifth District Command Chaplain
4000 Coast Guard Blvd Portsmouth, VA

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