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Air Force grants first beard waiver to Muslim airman | Air Force Times

Air Force grants first beard waiver to Muslim airman | Air Force Times

The Air Force has granted its first ever religious accommodation beard waiver to a Muslim airman in a move designed to allow him to observe his faith.

Staff Sgt. Abdul Rahman Gaitan, an airman with the 821st Contingency Response Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, California, was granted the exemption after waiting years for approval, an Air Force release said.

Gaitan, who was raised as a Catholic, first developed an interest in the Muslim faith while stationed at an air station in Izmir, Turkey, a curiosity that remained strong when he left for his new duty station in Hawaii.

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