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U.S. Air Force: Imam Lantigua, Muslim Chaplain

U.S. Air Force: Imam Lantigua, Muslim Chaplain

A typical day for me… I get up early in the morning right before sunrise and around dawn to get prepared for my day, which begins with a prayer service. You know I’m an imam ⸻ I’m a Muslim chaplain. Most people are familiar with the
concept of an imam, or a rabbi, or minister, or pastor, or priest in a civilian context. And so a chaplain is really someone of those qualifications, but wearing the uniform. We have Jewish chaplains, we have Orthodox Christian chaplains,
we have Protestant chaplains, Roman Catholic priests, et cetera. So we have a variety, a plethora, of diversity; religious diversity that is represented
in the Air Force Chaplain Corp. The Chaplain Corp was initially established in 1775 by the Continental Congress. Our sole purpose really is to fulfill the constitutional rights for the benefit of our service
members and their families. I would say the meat of what we do as chaplains is
to provide pastoral care and counseling, and that occurs in a variety of ways. For some people that is counseling;
for others it’s just normal interaction Just “Hey, how are you? How are you doing?
How is your family?” Just a normal conversation, and asking that question meaningfully. Open your doors into your world, so that I may enter. If you give me that permission,
I think that’s effective and meaningful, and that’s where that’s what we’re
looking to accomplish. I would have to say the highlight of my day is seeing how I’m able to positively and
effectively impact the lives of others. You know when when I interact with someone, and they can walk away feeling better than
they did when we first had our encounter. Then I’ve definitely accomplished
what I set out to do. One of the duties and responsibilities that I have as a chaplain assigned here at JBSA – Lackland is to provide the invocation for the
Coin Retreat Ceremony and the Graduation Parade. You know as you step forward
before that ⸺ that large crowd. We’re talking about thousands of people,
so it’s a humbling experience. I mean it’s it brings ⸺ it brings a smile to
my face; it brings joy to my heart. I’m honored to be given the opportunity.

Reader Comments

  1. Hey Chaplain Lantigua, not sure if this is going to make it to you or if you remember me but, it's Trainee Monge. I just want to say thank you for helping me during my bmt experience. Although I was in med hold for over 5 months, your classes always made the weeks go by faster. Your efforts in making med hold trainees feel welcomed and important never went unnoticed in my eyes. Hope all is well. God is great! God is great!

  2. I really badly want to be an engineer in the Air Force but I also want to be an imams assistant or something along those lines, is that an option?

  3. Loved meeting him and attending the service in BMT. I loved his singing the call to prayer so much I had to look him up!

  4. I converted to Islam at basic training and at the time he was Capt. Lantiqua and he was one of the best reciters of the Qu’ran. I had thought about Islam for years but when I heard him recite I was moved to tears and converted and said my Shahada the following week. It was February 7, 2016. Always grateful for guiding me to Islam.

  5. When i read quran… i love god language… and as a muslim love musa,jesus,muhammad and all prophets… i was think that quran only talk about muhammad but i was wrong… quran content about all prophets musa Ibrahim jesus muhammad and god command's

  6. Fighting for the taghoot takes you out of the fold of islam brother. Learn tawheed and shirk in sha allah

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