94th AAMDC chaplain makes history

| October 5, 2018 | 1 Comment
Brig. Gen. Michael T. Morrissey, the Commander of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (right), smiles for a picture with Col. Khallid Shabazz, the Chaplain for the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (left) on Oct. 4, 2018 at Hickam Officer’s Club, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Shabazz was promoted to Colonel, which is the highest rank ever attained by a Muslim Chaplain. (Photo by Sgt. Malcolm Cohens, 94th AAMDC Public Affairs)

Brig. Gen. Michael T. Morrissey, the Commander of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (right), smiles for a picture with Col. Khallid Shabazz, the Chaplain for the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (left) on Oct. 4, 2018 at Hickam Officer’s Club, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Shabazz was promoted to Colonel, which is the highest rank ever attained by a Muslim Chaplain. (Photo by Sgt. Malcolm Cohens, 94th AAMDC Public Affairs)

Story and photos by Sgt. Malcolm Cohens-Ashley 
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Michael T. Morrissey, Commander of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, presided over the ceremony.

Morrissey had the opportunity to share some kind words about the newly promoted Col. Khallid M. Shabazz.

“For those of us who know Khallid, he is a force of nature, a force of personality, one of those unique types that I like to describe as someone you meet and you feel like you’ve known them your whole life,” said Morrissey. “Troops naturally gravitate towards him.”

Col. Khallid M. Shabazz, the Chaplain of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, buttons his Army Service Uniform jacket after having the rank of Colonel placed on his uniform at his promotion ceremony on Oct. 4, 2018 at Hickam Officer’s Club, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Shabazz earned a Doctorate of Ministry from North Texas Theological Seminary at Tyler, Texas. (Photo by Sgt. Malcolm Cohens, 94th AAMDC Public Affairs)

Col. Khallid M. Shabazz, the Chaplain of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, buttons his Army Service Uniform jacket after having the rank of Colonel placed on his uniform at his promotion ceremony on Oct. 4, 2018 at Hickam Officer’s Club, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Shabazz earned a Doctorate of Ministry from North Texas Theological Seminary at Tyler, Texas. (Photo by Sgt. Malcolm Cohens, 94th AAMDC Public Affairs)

Col. Khallid M. Shabazz has attained the highest rank by a Muslim Chaplain, which is a phenomenal achievement. Shabazz hails from Alexandria, Louisiana; he has obtained numerous degrees during his lifetime and is also a published author. Above everything, he cites his family as his greatest source of inspiration.

Shabazz shared much of his spotlight, with his partner in life, his wife Rhonda.

“We’ve been doing this thing for 28 years and she is not my backbone, honestly, she’s the gristle that holds my backbone together,” Shabazz remarked. “I appreciate you and I love you.”

The promotion ceremony included remarks by Brig. Gen. Michael T. Morrissey, the oath of office, remarks by Col. Khallid Shabazz and a closing prayer.

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  1. Dora Richard says:

    This is a great joy for a woman 👩 to hear of her husband outstanding achievements.

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