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US Military’s First India-Born Female Muslim Chaplain Graduates

Saleha Jabeen historic commencement ceremony was held on February 5


Saleha Jabeen, US army’s first India-born feminine Muslim chaplain, has graduated from Air Force Basic Chaplain Course, vowing to take her obligation as a non secular mentor very significantly.

The historic commencement ceremony was held on February 5, an official assertion stated on Wednesday.

Ms Jabeen stated she was grateful for the chance and conscious of the duty that she has to set an instance and present that there’s a place within the army for anybody who desires to serve.

“I did not have to compromise on any of my religious beliefs or convictions. I am surrounded with people who respect me and are willing to receive what I bring to the table as a woman, a faith leader, and an immigrant,” she stated.

“I am provided with numerous opportunities to learn and develop skills that best equip me to be a successful officer and a chaplain in a pluralistic environment,” Ms Jabeen stated.

Ms Jabeen was commissioned in December as a Second Lieutenant on the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, changing into the primary feminine Muslim chaplain within the Department of Defense. She got here to the United States 14 years in the past as a global pupil.

“I get to provide spiritual care to all service members, guardians and families and advise the commanders on religious and moral matters regardless of my faith, ethnicity or gender. Like our boss says, it has never been a better time to serve as a chaplain in the US Air Force Chaplain Corps,” she stated.

Capt. John Richardson, Air Force Chaplain Corps College workers chaplain, stated that his purpose is to create chaplains who’re prepared to supply front-line ministry upon commencement.

“They are trained to lead the units they serve spiritually. The bottom line is to care for Airmen – every single Airman. When they care for Airmen in a professional way, every other aspect of our calling falls into place: advising leaders and providing for the religious needs of our force,” Captain Richardson stated.


Capt. Mara Title, Air Force Chaplain Corps College workers chaplain, stated Ms Jabeen’s addition to the chaplain corps will probably be of nice profit to everybody.

“The Air Force Chaplain Corps endeavours to promote diversity in all respects,” Title stated.

“Chaplain Saleha Jabeen’s presence enables an even broader scope of spiritual care for our Airmen, and for this we are very grateful. She is as determined to take on the role of chaplain as she is kind, caring and compassionate. We are thrilled to have had the opportunity for her to graduate with the class of BCC 21A,” she stated.

Ms Jabeen stated she was captivated with her position as a chaplain, and takes her obligation as a non secular mentor very significantly.

“We all have a purpose that is specifically meant for us to fulfill,” she stated.

“We must listen to our heart and follow our conviction. It is important to have people in our lives who model that for us. Choose that kind of mentorship and choose good companionship. I just want people to remember that God, or higher power or the values that people uphold, remind us that we all are created with a plan: to become the best versions of ourselves,” she stated.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Ms Jabeen accomplished her BA in Business and Economics at North Park University, adopted by an MA in Theology-Interreligious Dialogue from Catholic Theological Union and course in counselling psychology from Trinity Christian College.

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