Chaplain Mark A. Giralmo was born in Seattle, WA, on October 22, 1962. After graduation from high school, Chaplain Giralmo attended the University of Washington, from which he graduated in 1985. He finished his graduate theological education at the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, Los Angeles, CA in 1989, earning his Master of Divinity degree.
Prior to becoming a Navy Chaplain, LCDR Giralmo owned two small businesses in California, Hansen's All Natural Fruit Juice franchise and Morning Starr Creations Bakery as well as completing 21 years of full time pastoral ministry.
On November 7, 2002, Chaplain Giralmo was commissioned on his fathers' 80th birthday then off to Chaplain School on January 19, 2003.
From 2003 to 2005 Chaplain Giralmo served as Command Chaplain aboard the USS Denver (LPD 9), home ported in San Diego, CA. His second tour of duty was with The Presidential Helicopter Squadron, Marine One (HMX 1) in Quantico, Virginia. He also served as the FBI Chaplain for three years.
From October 2008 to April 2011 Chaplain Giralmo served as Command Chaplain Marine Aircraft Group 31.
In May 2011 LCDR Giralmo reported to USCG PAC AREA REIM as the D11 Chaplain.
His personal awards include three Navy Commendation Medals and one Navy Achievement Medal.
Chaplain Giralmo has been married to his awesome and beautiful wife Sonja for 23 years, and together they have five children; Brigetta (20), Sterling (17), Gabrielle (15), Stetson (13), and Natalja (10). With what spare time left, Chaps enjoys golf.