Last night in Hoboken, U.S. Army Major Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi was honored in a ceremony before the start of the meeting with a proclamation from Mayor Dawn Zimmer recognizing his outstanding army service.
Kalsi, a West Point cadet who lived in Hoboken and Stevens graduate is the first Sikh to serve the US military in native religious turban and beard while on active duty in 35 years.
A uniform code of appearance previous required him to shave as a US cadet at West Point. The Army made the exception in 2009.
Capt. Singh holds the bronze star for valor earned in Afghanistan for his work in defusing IEDs.
A comment of note further highlights:
In its citation for Kalsi's bronze star - the fourth-highest combat award -- the Army recongized Kalsi's "exceptionally meritorious service as an emergency medicine physician" while deployed in Afghanistan."
The Army also listed 20 of Kalsi's major achievements while he was deployed in Afghanistan, noting that he provided emergency care to over 750 soldiers and successfully resuscitated back to life two patients who were clinically dead on arrival from the only Army expeditionary hospital in Afghanistan.