Muslim US soldier claims command sergeant ordered her to remove hijab

WASHINGTON: A Muslim soldier claims she was asked to remove her hijab by her command sergeant major during a suicide prevention briefing earlier this month. Sergeant Cesilia Valdovinos told media she was at a chapel in Fort Carson, Colorado, on March 6 and was forcefully taken outside by her command sergeant major to remove the hijab in front of other people.Valdovinos, who is a member of the 704th Bridge Support Battalion, told the publication her hijab has been approved to wear with her uniform by her brigade commander and was not wearing her hair in a regulation bun. She claims no one asked her if she was wearing the regulation bun before Command Sergeant Major Kerstin Montoya took her by the arm outside and forced her to take off her hijab. “To me, it was the same thing as if they had asked someone to take their top off,” the 26-year-old soldier told media.
Source: The News International
Muslim US soldier claims command sergeant ordered her to remove hijab