31 May '17, 10pm

[email protected] gets #USArmy’s first division level Islamic #chaplain https://t.co/gChFrmfYeI

.@7thID gets #USArmy’s first division level Islamic #chaplain https://t.co/gChFrmfYeI

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. -- Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz, the former I Corps deputy chaplain, became the Army's first Islamic chaplain at the division level during a Change of Stole ceremony Tuesday at the Lewis Main Chapel. Shabazz became the 7th Infantry Division's chaplain after replacing Lt. Col. Jimmy Nichols, who is headed to Fort Sill, Okla., to be the installation chaplain there. Maj. Gen. Thomas James Jr., the division commander who officiated the ceremony, said the division is in good hands with Shabazz. The Army chief of chaplains selected Shabazz for the job in January based on his leadership qualities. He is charged with ensuring and supporting the free exercise of religion by service members, families and civilians. "As simple as it sounds, I want to give people a sense of purpose," Shabazz said. "My job is to help them be stronger on the other side of the...

Full article: https://www.army.mil/article/188495

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