FORT BENNING, Ga., (July 10, 2013) -- This week marks the beginning of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from food and drink during daylight hours, observing one of the five pillars of Islam. Each day, Muslims break the fast after sunset, at or about 8:40 p.m. Eid-Ul-Fitr, a three-day festival of thanksgiving and rejoicing, takes place at the end of Ramadan, beginning Aug. 8 this year.

Please make accommodations for personnel observing Ramadan. Adjust physical training schedules and duty release times when possible. Do your best to ensure our Muslim Soldiers, civilians and international students are able to break the fast each day and celebrate Eid-Ul-Fitr.

Our Muslim Soldiers as well as our international students are a tremendous source of strength for our Army and our Maneuver Center. Ramadan is an opportunity to celebrate with our Muslim brothers and sisters our common commitment to service and humanity.

One Force, One Fight!

-- Maj. Gen. H. R. McMaster
Commanding general