NSAM Chapel Staff
CDR Mark Giralmo
Chaplain Mark A. Giralmo hails from Seattle, WA. After graduation from high school, Chaplain Giralmo attended the University of Washington, from which he graduated in 1985. He finished his graduate theological education at the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, Los Angeles, CA in 1989, earning his Master of Theology degree. In 1998 Chaplain Giralmo completed a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Education Administration from Oxford University, online extension program. Prior to becoming a Navy Chaplain, CDR Giralmo owned two small businesses in California as well as completing 21 years of full time pastoral ministry. On November 7, 2002, Chaplain Giralmo was commissioned on his fathers’ 80th birthday then off to Chaplain School in Newport, RI. From 2003 to 2005 Chaplain Giralmo served as Command Chaplain aboard the USS Denver (LPD 9), home ported in San Diego, CA. His second tour of duty was with The Presidential Helicopter Squadron, Marine One (HMX 1) in Quantico, Virginia. He also served as the FBI Chaplain for three years. From October 2008 to April 2011 Chaplain Giralmo served as Command Chaplain Marine Aircraft Group 31, Beaufort, SC From June 2011 to July 2014 served as the District 11 Command Chaplain, Alameda, CA. From July 2014 to July 2017 served as the Command Chaplain at NATTC, Pensacola, FL Commander Giralmo report aboard NSAM/NPS as Command Chaplain on August 2017. His personal awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, one Air Force Commendation Medal, One Navy Achievement Medal and One Coast Guard Achievement Medal. Chaplain Giralmo has been married to his awesome and beautiful wife, Sonja for 28 years, and together they have five children; Brigetta (26), Sterling (23), Gabrielle (21), Stetson (18), and Natalja (15). With the spare time Chaps enjoys playing golf.
Fr. Castro was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1998 and has served in a variety of ministries: parish ministry; college campus ministry; prison ministry. Fr. Castro graduated from Saint Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, California after completing undergraduate courses and graduate courses at Oblate College of Philosophy and Theology in Washington, DC. He has a B.A. degree in Philosophy and a Masters in Divinity. Fr. Castro has been the Catholic priest at Naval Support Activity Monterey since 2011.
Office Adminstrator and Facility Manager
RP2 Koback joined the NSAM Chapel Staff in January 2016. He served with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in Okinawa, followed by a tour with Special Warfare Group 4 in Virginia, before coming to Monterey. He is married and enjoys rock climbing and jiujitsu.