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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.