U.S. Airmen Worship at Local Mosques in Area of Deployment

October 21, 2004

Source: Air Force Print News Today


On October 21, 2004 Air Force Print News Today reported, "For most Airmen, deploying on the current air and space expeditionary force rotation means spending the holidays far from family and home. But for two Airmen with the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing here, it means getting closer to their religious roots. Though a general order prohibits Airmen from entering mosques, Staff Sgt. John Autry, of the 386th Expeditionary Communications Squadron, and Airman 1st Class Adeel Meo, of the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, have been spending time since their deployments began worshiping at the local mosque... Sergeant Autry and Airman Meo are practicing Muslims, two of the fewer than 800 in the Air Force. Through a special arrangement between the 386th AEW and its host nation, these Airmen get the chance to not only worship at the local mosque, but to do so during Ramadan, one of the holiest months of Islam."

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