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Sector Key West - Command Chaplain

Sector Key WestGuardians of the Keys


Lieutenant Peter W. Dietz, CHC, USN

Sector ChaplinChaplain Dietz assumed the duties of Command Chaplain for Coast Guard Sector Key West in September 2012.  In this capacity he oversees the religious programs, pastoral care and moral/ethical advisement to the Sector including three multi-mission Coast Guard Stations, five patrol boats, and Aids to Navigation Team, five tenant commands, and visiting cutters.

 Prior to reporting to Sector Key West, Chaplain Dietz was Staff Chaplain, Commander Naval Surface Forces Atlantic, Ministry Center Mayport, FL.  His underway time included Counter-Narcotic Anti-Terrorism missions to Central and South America, Anti-Piracy missions in Africa and a Fifth Fleet deployment in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.  He served in USS HUÉ CITY CG 66), USS CARNEY (DDG 64), USS MCINERNEY (FFG 8), USS DEWERT (FFG 45), USS STEPHEN W. GROVES (FFG 29) and USS SIMPSON (FFG 56).

Chaplain Dietz came on Active Duty in 2006.  His first assignment was the Third Battalion Tenth Marines, Second Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, NC.  While there he also served with the Second Combat Engineer Battalion.  He deployed to Al Anbar Province, Iraq with Task Force Military Police in April 2008 in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.

 Lieutenant Dietz attended Lehigh University, PA and received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Business in 1988.  For the next eleven years he worked in the not for profit sector as a teacher, Chief Operations Officer and Executive Director.  In 1999 he matriculated into Princeton Theological Seminary, NJ where he was awarded the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts (Youth Ministry) degrees in 2003.  He was commissioned a Chaplain Candidate in 2001 and attended the Chaplain Basic Course in Newport, RI.  As a Chaplain Candidate he served with a variety of Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard units. After seminary he was the School Minister at Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, PA.

 Chaplain Dietz’s personal decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2) and he is a Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer.  He is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA).  

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