Keeping the Faith

U.S. Navy Cmdr. Abuhena Saifulislam, deputy command chaplain for U.S. Africa Command, speaks to Muslim civilian employees during the Friday sermon at Mariama Bin't Imran Mosque in Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Jan. 30, 2017. A native of Bangladesh, Saifulislam became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1995, was commissioned in 1999 as the first Muslim chaplain for the U.S. Marine Corp, and is currently one of only two Imam Chaplains in the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman)
U.S. Navy Cmdr. Abuhena Saifulislam, deputy command chaplain for U.S. Africa Command, speaks to Muslim civilian employees during the Friday sermon at Mariama Bin't Imran Mosque in Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Jan. 30, 2017. A native of Bangladesh, Saifulislam became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1995, was commissioned in 1999 as the first Muslim chaplain for the U.S. Marine Corp, and is currently one of only two Imam Chaplains in the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman)
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Deputy command chaplain for U.S. Africa Command engages with key leaders and local practitioners of the Islamic faith during a week-long temporary duty assignment to Djibouti, Africa to take part in USAFRICOM’s Cutlass Express 2017 exercise.

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The Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Religious Affairs staff join U.S. Navy Cmdr. Abuhena Saifulislam, deputy command chaplain for U.S. Africa Command, and U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Chantel Sena-Diaz, senior enlisted leader of religious affairs for USAFRICOM to meet with members of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs in downtown Djibouti Jan. 30, 2017. The meeting was part of a week-long temporary duty assignment to Djibouti for exercise Cutlass Express 2017, during which Saifulislam and Sena-Diaz were able to engage with key Muslim leaders and local practitioners of the Islamic faith. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman)

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U.S. Navy Cmdr. Abuhena Saifulislam, deputy command chaplain for U.S. Africa Command, describes Muslim life in America to Abdelkader Mohamed Humad, Sultan of Tadjoura during a visit to Tadjoura, Djibouti Jan. 30, 2017. The meeting was part of a week-long temporary duty assignment to Djibouti for exercise Cutlass Express 2017, during which Saifulislam was able to engage with key Muslim leaders and local practitioners of the Islamic faith. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman)

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U.S. Navy Cmdr. Abuhena Saifulislam, deputy command chaplain for U.S. Africa Command, describes his role as a Muslim American Imam in the U.S. military, during a meeting at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs in downtown Djibouti Jan. 30, 2017. A native of Bangladesh, Saifulislam became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1995, was commissioned in 1999 as the first Muslim chaplain for the U.S. Marine Corp, and is currently one of only two Imam Chaplains in the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman)

Image | Security conference aligns military, political priorities for East Africa

Military members in a working group discuss Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance during the East Africa Security Synchronization Conference Jan. 21, 2016, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. More than 70 U.S. embassy representatives from each East African country and organizations including the African Union, U.S. Africa Command, and AFRICOM components attended the event to kick start the process of synchronizing and prioritizing all activities in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Peter Thompson)