“National Conference Appoints LDS Chairman,” Ensign, Mar. 1995, 80
The United States National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces has elected Kay Schwendiman, a Latter-day Saint, as its chairman. A member of the Canyon Rim First Ward, Salt Lake Canyon Rim Stake, Brother Schwendiman will chair the committee during 1995.
The election of Brother Schwendiman demonstrates the recognition of the Church as a significant player in the interfaith conference, explained Paul Jensen, director of military relations for the Church.
Brother Schwendiman has been a member of the organization since its creation in 1982. With members representing 250 different faith groups, the conference supports and assists the chaplaincy and individual chaplains.
During his year of service, Brother Schwendiman will conduct meetings and communicate with the branches of military and Congress about issues of concern to the organization.
Brother Schwendiman was drafted into the Army in 1944 after returning from a mission to Argentina. He served during World War II and the Korean War. After leaving active duty, he served in the reserves for fifteen years. Before retiring as a colonel in 1978, he was chaplain for the 96th Army Reserve Command.