Chaplain Michael D. Jaques says

My time overseas serving as an Army chaplain in war zones taught me much about powerlessness. Those experiences, plus the many interviews and research required for my Doctor of Ministry thesis convinced me of one essential truth:

We cannot be broken by our human limitations if we are willing to recognize them.

The stories in my new book A Chaplain’s Battle dramatize the search for and the realization of transcendence during traumatic experiences on domestic and foreign soil. No community of human beings is immune from the paralyzing impact of powerlessness. That is why the 5 Attainments can make such a profound difference. They guide …

Chaplain Jaques has an impressive record of active duty assignments in the U.S Army. From being a Chemical Operations Specialist at Johnson Atoll to serving as the battalion intelligence officer and platoon leader in the 1st Infantry Division in Wurzburg, Germany, he has been a dedicated servant of the nation. He was subsequently released from active duty in June 2001 to pursue ministerial studies and complete a residency program at UAMS, Little Rock, AR. Later he was assigned to the Arkansas’ 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in the summer of 2006 and deployed with them in 2008 to support Operation Iraqi Freedom.

His mobilization at Fort Carson, CO from 2009-2012, comprised of a service period as garrison operations chaplain, senior pastor for the main post chapel, and rear detachment chaplain for three brigades.

Chaplain Jaques was deployed to Kuwait as the brigade chaplain for the 595th Transportation Brigade in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and to Washington D.C. with Military District Washington as the Wounded Warrior Chaplain from 2014-2017.  He was later deployed again with the 335th Signal Command (T) (P) to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

Chaplain Michael D. Jaques Awards and Decorations

Currently assigned to the 112th Chaplain Detachment in North Little Rock, AR, Chaplain Jaques’ hold multiple awards and decorations which include:

  • Bronze Star Medal;
  • Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Cluster);
  • Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Cluster);
  • Army Achievement Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters);
  • Good Conduct Medal;
  • Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal;
  • National Defense Service Medal;
  • Kosovo Campaign Medal;
  • Iraq Campaign Medal;
  • Global War on Terrorism Medal;
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal;  
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device;
  • Overseas Service Ribbon;
  • The NATO Medal.

Personal Life:

Chaplain Michael D. Jaques is married with two children.