Mission: A Ready-Reliable and Accessible
chaplain service to ensure comprehensive religious
support through presence, care and hope.
Chaplain (Major General) John B. Ellington, Jr.
Director of the National Guard Chaplain Corps and Air National Guard Assistant to the United States Air Force Chief of Chaplains
Chaplain (Major General) John B. Ellington, Jr., directs, oversees, develops and implements joint activities of the National Guard Bureau, Office of the Chaplain, for the Chief, National Guard Bureau. In addition, Chaplain Ellington serves as the Air National Guard Assistant to the Chief of Chaplains, United States Air Force, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington District of Columbia. As the National Guard Assistant to the Air Force Chief of Chaplains, he provides advice on all aspects of the Air National Guard Chaplain Service to achieve maximum operational efficiency between active duty chaplain components and Air National Guard chaplain assets. Chaplain Ellington is the primary advisor on religious, ethical, moral, and morale issues to the 450,000 members of the National Guard and to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau. Moreover, he provides joint policies, guidance and programs to the 2,200 National Guard Chaplain Corps personnel, supporting federal and domestic missions. In his capacity as the Director of the National Guard Bureau, Office of the Chaplain, Chaplain Ellington serves as an advisor to the Armed Forces Chaplains Board, Office of the Secretary of Defense, on matters of religion, ethics ecclesiastical relations, spiritual care and quality-of-life.
Chaplain Ellington was commissioned in the Air National Guard in March 1979 and served as installation staff chaplain at the 178th Tactical Fighter Group, Springfield, Ohio, until July of 1990. He then was selected as the State Staff Chaplain, Headquarters, Ohio Air National Guard. Chaplain Ellington was called to active duty during Operation Desert Storm and provided full-time ministry during National Guard deployments and redeployments.