Chaplain (Brigadier General) Ed Brandt, a native of Elizabethtown, is scheduled to deliver the sermon at the Arlington National Cemetery Sunrise Service beginning at 6:30 a.m. in Arlington, Va., on Sunday, April 21.
The morning service will include “Pershing’s Own” U.S. Army Band and participation by a number of Army chaplains. Chaplain Brandt currently serves as the U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Chaplains for the Army National Guard, and was recently appointed by Gen. Joseph Lengyel, Chief National Guard Bureau and Member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to serve as the National Guard Bureau Joint Chaplain. In both capacities he provides religious advisement to the director, Army National Guard, the U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains and the Chief
National Guard Bureau on Religious Support for more than 450,000 service members in the National Guard.
He has served pastorates in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Southern California and is currently affiliated with Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Chester, Chester County, Pa., as a parish associate. He deployed to Iraq 2008-2009 and served at National Guard Bureau and then as the State Chaplain of Delaware before accepting his current position.
Ed Brandt and his wife, Jane, live in Falls Church, Va.; he is the son of Jean Brandt and the late Kenneth E. Brandt, both of Elizabethtown.