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Colonel Douglas Burpee

General NewsHis call sign is "Hadji," meaning "one who has made a pilgrimage to Mecca."

"It's a pilot thing," explains Colonel Douglas Burpee, the highest ranking Muslim officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Now in his 23rd year of military service, Colonel Burpee recently returned from flying helicopters in Afghanistan.
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For God and Country Review

General NewsAsSalaamu alaikum,
I pray that you all are in the best of health and iman. Alhamdulillah for making this book accessable to the public. Finally a book that speaks of the realities of muslim military life from a muslim perspective. Many of us can relate in many ways to the story of Chaplain Yee in Gitmo. In the book, there were many lessons to be learned. Also, it was a sharp reminder of the times we live and and the fact that we have a long way to go before we can achieve true equality in America and abroad. May the book serve to soften the hearts of its readers, increase our awareness of stereotyping, and may Allah bless the author and those who helped free him from his wrongful imprisonment.
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VA: Muslim Funeral To Be Held At Arlington Cemetery

General News(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/11/2006) - On Thursday, January 12, the family of Staff Sgt. Ayman Taha and other American Muslims will perform an Islamic funeral service in Arlington cemetery. Staff Sgt. Taha was killed recently in Ballad, Iraq, while preparing a weapon’s cache for demolition. The service will be led by Imam Mohammed Magid of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS). (In case of rain, the funeral service will be held at the ADAMS Center in Sterling, Va., with burial to follow at Arlington Cemetery. Call contact below for details.)
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Serving Was Soldier’s Mission: Sudan Native Killed in Iraq Did ‘Good Deeds’

General NewsBy Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 4, 2006; A13

Ayman Taha, a Berkeley graduate who was described as athletic, a speaker of many languages, and a friend to all who met him, had only to write his dissertation to earn his PhD, his father said.
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For God and Country

General NewsAs salaam alaikum,

I just finished reading this book. And it was very eye opening as well as encouraging and inspiring to myself, after having served in the military for nearly 22 years, as a muslim. We can't forget this lesson, in history, that although prejudice is not institutional anymore, supposely, there are still predudice people in the institution.
I commend our brother, (CH Yee) for having wrote this book, which highlights some of the difficulties that muslims may have faced or may be facing in the military. I'm very proud to be an American Muslim and as equally, an American Soldier. I would recommend that every american muslim service member get a copy of this book.

Ma salaam,

Br. (SSG) Lamon
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My old request for exemption for a Beard

General NewsA few years back I tried everything I knew to get authorization to grow a beard.
1) I went to my company commander - was denied
2) Appealed to my installation commander - was denied
3) Appealed to my major suport command (TRADOC) - was denied
4) Appealed to the Chief of Staff - was denied
5) Tried to change the Regulation - never heard back on my request.
Then as the most senior W4 in my field with 26 years in the military, was notified that I was being assigned to a line battery (W1 position) in Korea. Needless to say I decided to leave the service.

To make a long story short I was cleaning out old files on my computer and ran across the old request to change the AR and I thought I might share with others who might want to take up the effort. If you would like the file feel free to email me at:
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For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire - James Yee, Former US Army Chaplain

General News In 2001, Captain James "Yusuf" Yee was commissioned as one of the first Muslim chaplains in the United States Army. After the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001, he became a frequent government spokesman, helping to educate soldiers about Islam and build understanding throughout the military. Subsequently, Chaplain Yee was selected to serve as the Muslim Chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, where nearly 700 detainees captured in the war on terror were being held as "unlawful combatants."
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Islamic Observances of Ramadan and Eid-Ul-Fitr (The Month of Fasting and Festival of Fast Breaking)

General NewsThe approximate beginning date for Ramadan is 5 October 2005 . The observance continues for 29 or 30 days. An exact beginning date cannot be given beforehand because the Islamic calendar is Lunar. The exact beginning date of Ramadan will be determined by actually sighting the crescent moon after sunset on the evening before the Lunar month begins. There is an approximate 10-day, receding, difference between the Lunar and Solar calendars each year.
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Ramstein center is Air Force's first designated Jewish-Muslim prayer space

General NewsRAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Just weeks after Air Force policymakers issued guidelines limiting public prayer, officials at Ramstein Air Base threw open the doors to a unique new chapel dedicated to interfaith worship and understanding.

The new Kaiserslautern Military Community Interfaith Chapel, which formally opened Tuesday, is an unusual hybrid by any religious standards: It’s the Air Force’s first designated Jewish-Muslim prayer space.
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Muslims in the military walk fine line

General NewsWar tensions put pressure on rising minority

Don Lattin, Chronicle Religion Writer

Wednesday, April 9, 2003

Jeff Hammad, an American Muslim in the U.S. Marines, noticed the shift during the buildup to the last Gulf War.

"The military has a tendency to demonize the enemy, and Muslims are on the receiving end of that hostility," said Hammad, a Palestinian American who served in the Marines from 1990 to 1994.

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