Rear Admiral Iasiello is a native of Staten Island, N.Y., and an alumnus of St. Bonaventure University. He has earned graduate degrees from Niagara University (Education), the Washington Theological Union (Divinity), Salve Regina College (International Relations), and the Naval War College (National Security and Strategic Studies), and is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Managers in Government Program, Harvard University. He has also earned a Ph.D. (Humanities); his dissertation is entitled: Jus In Bello: Key Issues for a Contemporary Assessment of Just Behavior in War. He has been published in numerous periodicals and books, most recently in the Naval War College Review (Summer 2004): “Jus Post Bellum: Moral Obligations of the Victors of War.”
Commissioned as a Navy Chaplain Lieutenant (Junior Grade) in the Naval Reserves in 1981, Iasiello was recalled to active duty July 1983. His active duty assignments include: Naval Air Station, Memphis (83-85); U.S. Coast Guard, Kodiak, Alaska (85-86); USS Ranger (CV-61) deployed in Operation Earnest Will, and in other deployments to Korea and the Persian Gulf (86-87); Second Marine Division; (8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Regiment, Marine Forces Panama) including two deployments to Norway, Operation Just Cause, Panama, and with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Special Operations Capable [MEU SOC] (87-90).
Other assignments include: Naval War College Command and Staff , distinguished graduate (90-91); United States Naval Academy (91-94); Joint Task Force 160 (Cuba and Haiti); Armed Forces Staff College (94); Assistant Fleet Chaplain, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and Deputy Chaplain, U. S. Atlantic Command (94-97); Director for Operational Ministry, Atlantic Fleet (97-98); and Director, Naval Chaplains School (98-00). After selection to flag rank, Rear Adm. Iasiello became the first Chaplain Corps flag officer to be appointed both the Deputy Chief of Navy Chaplains and Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps (00-03).
The Senate confirmed his presidential appointment as the 23rd Chief of Navy Chaplains in July 2003. As the Chief of Chaplains he is community leader for more than 2400 active and reserve chaplains and Religious Program Specialists serving the Sea Services: the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Other duties include membership on the Presbyteral Council of the Archdiocese for the Military Services (since 1994), the Board of Trustees of Saint Bonaventure University (since 2000), and the Board of Directors of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.
Personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (Gold Star in lieu of second award), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards); Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Coast Guard Commendation Medal; Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal; the Combat
Updated: 20 October 2004