Friday, December 9, 2011

Sikh US soldier receives combat award

WASHINGTON: Major Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi, the first turbaned US Sikh soldier in last 30 years has received Bronze Star Medal, the fourth-highest combat award for his meritorious services in Afghanistan.
Kalsi, a doctor, received the medal for "exceptionally meritorious service as an emergency medicine physician" while deployed in Afghanistan during the first half of 2011, the Sikh Coalition said in a statement yesterday.
He was the first Sikh to be allowed to go on active duty with a turban, beard and unshorn hair in more than 20 years.
Working for the rights of Sikhs in the US, Sikh Coalition was instrumental in Kalsi joining the US Army after he was refused an entry on religious grounds.

with thanks : Economic Times : link in the head line above for detailed news.

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