Second Lt. Saleha Jabeen, chaplain candidate, hugs a friend after being commissioned into the Air Force, Dec. 18, 2019, at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Jabeen was endorsed by the Islamic Society of North America to become the first female Muslim chaplain in the Department of Defense. (Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

The Air Force made history last month by commissioning 2nd Lt. Saleha Jabeen as the first female Muslim chaplain candidate in the military. Though the commission marks a new chapter in American military history, it is only the latest in a long spiritual journey for Jabeen that started 14 years ago, when she first came to the U.S. as an international student from India.

At the time, Jabeen thought she would earn a Masters of Business Administration and make her mark in the corporate world, Jabeen wrote in a blog post for the Muslim American Leadership Alliance. But after experiencing bigotry and prejudice in the U.S., Jabeen realized she wanted to study Islam to better understand her identity as a Muslim.

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Spc. Henry Mayfield Jr., 23, seen here with his mother Carmoneta Horton-Mayfield, was among three Americans killed in an early morning attack Jan. 5, 2020, on a military base in Kenya. (Facebook)

A 23-year old Army Specialist based at Fort Rucker was among the three people killed in an attack on a U.S. military base in Kenya Sunday.

The family of Henry "Mitch" Mayfield Jr. confirmed to NBC Chicago that he died in the assault at Manda Bay Airfield. Two Department of Defense contractors were also killed. The Department of Defense has not confirmed the identifies of those killed in the attack. Mayfield was a native of Chicago who joined the Army in 2018.

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The leader of a Chicago-area street gang has been arrested and charged with attempting to aid the ISIS terrorist group, the Department of Justice said Friday.

Jason Brown, also known as "Abdul Ja'Me," allegedly gave $500 on three separate occasions in 2019 to a confidential informant Brown believed would then wire it to an ISIS fighter engaged in combat in Syria. The purported ISIS fighter was actually an undercover law enforcement officer, according to a DoJ news release.

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An Army veteran who was deported last year is back in Chicago this week to fight for citizenship, hoping to stay in the country he's called home since he was a child.

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The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (CNN screenshot)

No one was injured when a man fired an assault rifle at a Veterans Affairs hospital on the Near West Side Monday afternoon, then ran inside where he was arrested near a pharmacy as staff and patients yelled and scattered for cover, according to Chicago police.

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US Army photo by Chris Gray-Garcia

As Chicago capped off its deadliest month in almost 20 years, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday ruled out the idea of deploying the National Guard to help combat street violence in the city, saying that to do so would be an “emotional” reaction that “wouldn’t make sense.”

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