Air Force training during Ramadan? These cadets make it work.
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) -- Sunset prayers for a dozen Muslim basic cadets on July 20 began just as they might any other evening: the basic cadets took off their boots and rinsed their faces, hands and feet with water from their canteens. They settled into place in the tent that serves as the Muslim chapel in Jacks Valley: lined up behind Imam Mohamed Jodeh, facing Mecca. "Allahu ackbar," Jodeh began, reciting the words "God is great" in Arabic. The group continues through the prayer much as they normally would, but this is no normal Ramadan. While most Muslims around the world observe the holiday by fasting between sunrise and sunset, the basic cadets ate before their sunset prayer. "Ever since my high school started, I've made sure never to miss a single day of Ramadan," said Basic Cadet Mohammed Gallala, a native of Tunisia. But basic cadets need food during...