Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz, the former I Corps deputy chaplain, became the Army's first Islamic chaplain at the division level. Shabazz was selected for the job in January by the Army chief of chaplains based on his leadership qualities. Shabazz, who holds a doctorate degree as well as four master's degrees, has dedicated his life to working with servicemembers of all religions. He grew up as a Lutheran in Louisiana and converted to Islam as an enlisted Soldier. Showing care and compassion while helping servicemembers succeed is Shabazz's specialty, according to Sgt. Maj. Elian Strachan, the chief chaplain assistant at I Corps.
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