11 March 2015
The Rev. Dr. Robert G. Certain
Linebacker II (The last air battle of Vietnam) & My Time as a POW
Robert Certain was born in Savannah, Georgia in December 1947. An alumnus of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland, he attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated in 1969 with a BA degree in History and a commission in the US Air Force. As a combat aviator he flew 100 missions over Southeast Asia in 1971 and 1972. He was shot down and captured in December 1972; and repatriated when the war ended a few months later.
Following the Vietnam War, he attended the School of Theology, an Episcopal Church seminary in Sewanee, Tennessee, and was ordained as a priest in 1976 after he received his Master of Divinity degree. In 1990, he was awarded his Doctor of Ministry degree from the School of Theology.
In his capacity as a military chaplain, he served in the Air Force on active duty and in the reserves. As a reservist he was assigned in various locations, including basic military training, at the headquarters of the Strategic Air Command and Air Mobility Command, and at the Air Force Academy. He also is a graduate of the Air War College. He retired from the Air Force Reserves in 1999 at the rank of Colonel.
Father Certain served parishes in Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arizona, California, and Georgia. When he accepted the work of the Executive Director of the Military Chaplains Association in 2012, he retired from parish ministry. He also served on the Defense Health Board from 2007-2011, and was appointed to its committee on medical ethics in 2013. In 2009 he was appointed by the White House and the DoD to the Task Force for Prevention of Suicide by Members of the Armed Forces. Dr. Certain is currently on the VA Advisory Committee on Former POWs and the executive committee of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. He is also the National Missioner to Armed Services for the Brotherhood of St Andrew, President of Care For The Troops, Inc., President of the Atlanta Chapter of the Military Officers Association, and a member of the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association.
Robert published his autobiography, Unchained Eagle in 2003, with a second edition in 2010. He also wrote and published The Spiritual Quest in 2008 and collaborated on the writing and publication of a novel, Yankee Air Pirates, in 2010.
When former President Gerald R. Ford died in late 2006, Father Certain was chosen to lead all the memorial services and to preside at his burial in Michigan. In 2008 he was asked by Sen. John McCain to give the opening invocation at the Republican National Convention.
Robert is married to the former Robbie Wade of Blytheville, Arkansas. They have two grown children and two grandchildren living in Little Rock.
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I. Georgia National Cemetery 7 March 2015
11:00 - Noon
Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day
Ceremonial Wall Assembly Area
1080 Scott Huggens Drive
Canton, GA 30114
II. For the Warriors Foundation
Charity Golf Tournament & Celebration Dinner
June 7 - 9, 2015
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