CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Lt. Col. Mark Allison has taken over as the new Wyoming National Guard state chaplain this year.

Allison is a marriage and family therapist, a nationally board certified clinical chaplain trainer for the Veterans Administration in Salt Lake City, Utah, and as a veteran himself.

He spent 12 years as a chaplain for the U.S. Navy, beginning his career in 1986. About 10 years ago, he exchanged his Navy uniform for the Army Combat Uniform. He has served numerous tours of duty over his career.

Allison said his goals as chaplain are to sustain, revive and invite spirituality for members of the Wyoming National Guard.

He says another significant part of his job is to mentor chaplains and chaplain's assistants around the state.