Father Eric Albertson is a Catholic Priest from the Diocese of
Arlington, Virginia. The son of a career Army Officer and family of
seven children, he grew up in North Springfield, graduated from Thomas
Jefferson High School, and completed an undergraduate in Business from
West Virginia University in 1981. That same year he entered Mount Saint
Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He was ordained in 1986 and
served in two parish assignments before his Bishop released him for
active duty to the US Army in 1993.
His military ministry began at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, with the
82nd Airborne Division where he graduated from the Army Ranger School
and the Advanced Airborne (Jump Master) Course. He has served in
multiple units throughout his 20 years of service: the 82nd Airborne
Division, 2nd Infantry Division (2x), 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, 1st
Cavalry Division (2x), Recruiting Command, Installation Management
Command (2x), 3rd Infantry Division (2x), 10th Mountain Division,
Southern European Task Force/US Army Africa, NATO Training
Mission-Afghanistan, and has been assigned numerous times overseas,
including Italy, three tours to Korea and deployments to Haiti, Bosnia,
Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a recipient of the Military
Chaplains Association Award for Distinguished Service and a graduate of
the US Army War College.
Deploying from Fort Hood, Texas, as the Division Chaplain for the 1st
Cavalry Division, his most recent operational assignment was Command
Chaplain for Combined Join Task Force-1 and Regional Command-East,
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Arriving in June of 2013, he currently
serves as UNC/CFC/USFK Command Chaplain, Yongsan, Korea.
Chaplain Albertson's hobbies include Bluegrass, Music Composition, and
Photography. He produced an album of original music in 1997 with his
band “Emmaus” that raised over $20,000 for charity, and he has debuted
several times in Nashville at the historical “Bluebird Café”. His
photographs have been published numerous times; several are on permanent
display in the 82nd Airborne Museum.