Ronald R. Ringo Jr.
National Chaplain Ronald Ringo is a life member of Chapter 55 in Simi Valley, Calif., and resides with his family in Montrose, Colo. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in April 1977 and served as the infantryman and as a recruiter, then as a military police officer reservist for eight years. He was commissioned in the Navy in November 1993 and served as a chaplain for multiple units in the Navy, Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard until his retirement as a lieutenant commander in 2011.
During his break in military service, he spent several years serving his community as a police officer and sheriff ’s deputy. He also worked as a school principal and school administrator, where he developed and implemented a curriculum for students with emotional, drug and alcohol concerns.
Ringo earned his doctorate in counseling from LaSalle University and is a licensed social worker, certified trauma specialist, master addictions counselor, and grief and loss specialist. He also helped develop the Marine Corps and Navy Warrior Transition Program at the onset of the Iraq War. Ringo and his wife, Shirley, have recently been providing retreats and workshops on personal resilience, marriage, and other topics for military members and their families serving in Europe.
During the past couple years as National Chaplain, Ringo has provided Chaplain training at Department and National conferences and staff training at DAV National
Headquarters. He continues work to standardize the DAV Chaplain Program. He served as Chaplain for the Department of California from 2010 to 2014.
Ringo is seeking re-election to a third term as National Chaplain.