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Goodloe Welcomes our New Minister, Rev. Pratima Dharm

Goodloe's new Minister is Rev. Pratima Dharm. Chaplain (Rev.) Pratima Dharm is the first Hindu Chaplain in the United States Army and the entire Department of Defense. She has also served as a Christian Chaplain in the US Army and was deployed to Iraq from 2007-2008 where she organized and led several Humanitarian Aid Missions for the Kurdish people in the northern part of Iraq. She has served the traditional Protestant Worship Service on base as Associate Minister in 2006-2007 and Lead Pastor for two Protestant Services in Iraq from 2007-2008. She was also the Hindu Minister for the first Hindu Worship Service at Walter Reed National Military Hospital in Bethesda, 2011-2013.

Her awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon. She also introduced President Obama at the White House Diwali in 2011 and received the Special Achievement India Abroad Award in New York city the same year. She has been honored by the Government of Trinidad as the first Hindu Chaplain and addressed a crowd of 10,000 at the annual Diwali Nagar Celebrations as their Chief Guest in Trinidad in 2013. She retired from active duty service in March 2015. She has been married to Raj since 2000 and they have two daughters: Pooja and Payal. They are also members of Cedar Lane UU Church.


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