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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton


Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

"The West Coast's Premier Fleet Marine Force Training Base"

Chaplain, Security and Emergency Services Battalion


Battalion Chaplain
Lieutenant Chris M. Bell

Office: 760-763-4868


On order, Security and Emergency Services Battalion, through a Religious Ministry Team, will provide competent religious ministry support and compassionate care within the Battalion’s battle space in order to instill good character, strengthen spiritual fitness, increase personal resilience, and enhance mission readiness.

Ministry & Support

Religious Needs & Accommodations                                       Chapel Services
Confidential Counseling                                                           Marriage Enrichment
Deck-plating                                                                             Training & Workshops 
Prayer                                                                                      Community Religious Ministries

Core Capabilities

Care for all Warriors of the SES Battalion and their families
Provide faith-specific ministries
Facilitate religious requirements
Advise the command

AFTER-HOURS – Staff Duty Chaplain – 760-725-5061
The Staff Duty Chaplain may be contacted through the MCI-West MCB Camp Pendleton CDO, Building 1160, after 1630 during the week, and 24 hours on weekends/holidays.

“As America’s force in readiness, we must be prepared to answer our Nations call on a moment's notice. A large part of that ability is our capacity for resilience. Regardless of the battle we just fought, we must be ready for our next success. Research indicates that spiritual fitness plays a key role in resiliency, in our ability to grow, develop, recover, heal, and adapt. Regardless of individual philosophy or beliefs, spiritual well-being makes us better warriors and people of character capable of making good choices on and off duty.”

                                                                                                                       General Robert B. Neller
                                                                                                                        37th Commandant of the Marine Corps