Bartow resident named Chaplain of State Defense Force
by Staff Report
Nov 26, 2010 | 2890 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brig. Gen. Jerry Bradford, Command General of the Georgia State Defense Force, announced Nov. 6 that Chaplain Roger D. Lanter would be the New Command Chaplain upon the completion of the retirement ceremony later that day of Col. Mike Vidal, the current Command Chaplain. The announcement came while attending annual training at Fort Stewart Army Base.

Chaplain Lanter has been with the Georgia Department of Defense GSDF Chaplain Corps since 2005. Lanter is currently serving as Liaison Officer at the Joint Forces Headquarters Chaplain Office. He is on the staff of State Chaplain, Lt Col. Elizabeth Harris-Lamkin of the Air National Guard at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. He also serves with the 1st Battalion HQ at the Rome Army National Guard Armory as part of a Search and Rescue Unit for the state.

On Nov. 6, The Chaplain Corps performed the military ceremony called the "Passing of the Stole" from the Current Command Chaplain to the New Command Chaplain that afternoon. Chaplain Lanter will now serve as the General's personal staff advisor and the Joint Forces GSDF Division Command Chaplain as staff member for Lt Col. Harris-Lamkin at Dobbins ARB. He is to lead the Chaplaincy of three Brigades and 12 Battalions and is responsible for the Chaplain Training Center staff and training materials. He has been recommended for promotion to Major.

More than 500 troops attended training at Fort Stewart. Upon the completion of the Passing of the stole, Command Chaplain Lanter stated "No Greater Honor could I receive than that of simply the military title of Chaplain. Today I promise to uphold the traditions and conduct of all those that have held this title of Chaplain. As the Command Chaplain I will lead the way to honor our service to God and Country. Thank you and may God Bless our State and Nation."

Lanter has been a full-time employee of Phoenix Air Group Inc. for eight years at the Cartersville Airport. He serves with the guard on monthly drills and as needed when called for state active duty operations. Phoenix Air is supportive of his work for the military troops.

Chaplain Lanter holds a masters degree, graduated from Chaplain Officer Basic Course, Chaplain Advanced Officer Course and completed numerous other military courses in Search and Rescue for military soldier skills. He has earned the state's Mission Badge for serving on active duty missions more than five times. He now will attend Command General School.