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Stan Aufderheide

Wrong Stan Aufderheide?

Inspector

Department of Defense
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria , Virginia 22350
United States

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Background

Employment History

  • Now-Retired Chaplain
6 Total References
Web References
FIRST-PERSON: Religious discrimination in the Navy - (BP)
www.bpnews.net, 18 May 2004 [cached]
In 1997, according to Baptist Messenger sources, the Chaplain High Command attempted to rid itself of Chaplain Stan Aufderheide, whose zeal for ministry and evangelism raised the CHC's ire.After 15 years of distinguished service, Aufderheide was denied promotion to commander.In response, he requested an Equal Opportunity investigation into CHC promotion practices.
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Stafford stated, "The documented performances of at least two Roman Catholic selectees are markedly inferior to that of Aufderheide."
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John Glenn assisted Aufderheide by pushing the Department of Defense Inspector General to reinvestigate.
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The DODIG acknowledged that a 1998 promotion board member wronged Aufderheide, but still pronounced the promotion system equitable, even though the board president justified promoting a poor-performing Catholic priest over a Baptist chaplain with a perfect record by saying, "We tend to ... look at priests the same way we look at minorities."Eventually, Aufderheide received promotion to captain and back pay, but he soon retired.
Chaplains' discrimination concern joined by Associated Gospel Churches - (BP)
www.baptistpress.org, 14 Jan 2002 [cached]
The report followed an investigation into claims by now-retired chaplain Stan Aufderheide of improprieties in a promotion board hearing.
The DOD report included an admission that one chaplain was promoted over another with a superior record because of the "needs of the Navy."It also mentioned that one chaplain was promoted despite failing to meet body fat standards nine consecutive times.
The information regarding Wright's superior suggests Wright should have been selected and his superior failed, Baugham said, but the reverse occurred.Despite the superior's failings, he was allowed to assume the grade of commander and earned a premier assignment, Baugham added.
BaptistMessenger.com || Editorial: Act on religious discrimination
www.baptistmessenger.com, 18 Dec 2003 [cached]
In 1997, according to Baptist Messenger sources, the Chaplain High Command attempted to rid itself of chaplain Stan Aufderheide, whose zeal for ministry and evangelism raised the CHC's ire.After 15 years of distinguished service, Aufder-heide was denied promotion to Commander.In response, he requested an Equal Opportunity investigation into CHC promotion practices.
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Stafford stated, "The documented performances of at least two Roman Catholic selectees are markedly inferior to that of Aufderheide."
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John Glenn then assisted Aufderheide by pushing the Department of Defense Inspector General to reinvestigate.
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The DODIG acknowledged that a 1998 promotion-board member wronged Aufderheide, but still pronounced the promotion system equitable, even though the board president justified promoting a poor-performing Catholic Priest over a Baptist chaplain with a perfect record by saying, "We tend to . . . look at priests the same way we look at minorities."Eventually, Aufderheide received promotion to Captain and back pay, but he soon retired.
European and Pacific Stars & Stripes
army.laser.net, 23 Nov 2003 [cached]
"Nobody volunteers to go to the crossroads," said Stan Aufderheide, a retired chaplain and naval commander."God puts you there.And it's not a comfortable place to be."
He was talking of his struggle for that commander pin.Aufderheide, last stationed at Allied Forces Southern Europe in Naples, Italy, fought for four years because he thought promotion boards failing to select him for commander were unfair.He sported 15 years of glowing fitness reports.
Aufderheide thought something was up: An evangelically minded minister with the conservative Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, he saw four chaplains with the arguably more liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America receive promotion.No chaplains of his faith group did.
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Eventually, then-Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig granted Aufderheide two special promotion boards and by March 2000, the Navy made him a commander, complete with back pay.He retired shortly after.
"I had four years of basically hell," Aufderheide told Stars and Stripes recently from his church in Portland, Ore. "It was a great travail to fight them.They ruined my name, the Chaplain Corps did."
He said the military painted his achievements and connections with leaders and celebrities as self-aggrandizement.Aufderheide said he traveled on holidays to places such as Bosnia and Herzegovina or out to sea to bring troops morale-boosting visits from entertainers.This, he said, caused collegial jealousy to turn to bile.
In the end, the pastor believed the Navy did the right thing in investigating his case and promoting him.But he also noted that it took federal investigations and help from the likes of Adm.
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But by that time, chaplains across the globe, via the klaxon of e-mail, had heard of his plight and Aufderheide had accidentally sounded the horn of revolution.
"It's not me personally," Aufderheide said.
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When Aufderheide was a young lieutenant, a senior chaplain took him to lunch and explained that "90 percent of my time is spent getting chaplains out of trouble."Aufderheide said shoplifting and adultery were commonplace.
He believes the Navy let the Chaplain Corps go its own way because the whole idea of managing a religious endeavor was alien to government.
"They had much discretion because nobody was overseeing them," Aufderheide said.
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While Aufderheide has nothing to do with any of the lawsuits, some consider the war in the Chaplain Corps his coup.
"It was a political hot potato because of exactly what it led to," Aufderheide said of his case."So the Chaplain Corps did everything it could to discredit me and make my claim illegitimate. ...The Chaplain Corps put their whole weight behind fighting this."
Regardless, he said that he pursued his own vindication and nothing more.His life is now far removed from the swell and lurch of life at sea, the crush and sounding of Neapolitan traffic.And the crossroads, too, receded from view as Aufderheide and family steered a new course toward leafy Oregon.
"This," he said, "is much more sedate."
But having spent four years at those crossroads, Aufderheide predicted it will take steel and persistence for the suing evangelicals to see their war through.
"When you take on an institution like the Chaplain Corps, you have to be obsessed," he said, "or you'll never win."
Sections
www.estripes.com, 1 Jan 2004 [cached]
Chaplains Stan Aufderheide, Armando Torralva, Jim Poe and Joe Dufour.
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I joined the AFSOUTH Congregation in 1999 when it was led by Aufderheide, and since then have been blessed with the fellowship and leadership of Aufderheide,
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