Announcements and Events

SAMFSN - 2016 - Listed below are completed and upcoming Events. Please write to support@samfsn.org if you wish to participate in any upcoming event.

SAMFSN CFC ( Combined Federal Campaign)  ID is 86806. Please consider making a CFC contributon in 2016 for SAMFSN.

Dec 15th - SAMFSN will take part in the Annual "Wreath of America" event in Baltimore Cemetery. We welcome families, kids and volunteers for this solemn, emotional and fulfilling event. We place wreaths and flowers on as many grave stones that we possibly can. 

Nov 30 - SAMFSN has been invited to participate in a Charity Fair  at the DoD- Joint Staff on November 30th  in Washington, DC at Fort McNair .  

Dec 6th - SAMFSN has been invited to participate in the National Forum for AAPI Military Members and Veterans organized by the White House AAPI forum. The event is at Women's Memorial at Arlington Cemetery, VA

November, 2016 - All through November SAMFSN will be taking part in Veterans Day celebrations in multiple locations in MD, VA to honor our veterans and first responders. This is a annual recurring event for SAMFSN. 

Nov 9th, 2016 - SAMFSN was invited and participated in the CFC charity fair at the NAVY Yard, Washington DC

Nov 3rd, 2016 - SAMFSN sponsored and organized the FIRST ever AAPI Cultural Diversity Event "Festival Of Lights" -DIWALI at the NAVY Yard, Washington D.C. Please see our events section for more details and pictures of the event.

Nov 2nd, 2016 - SAMFSN will be organizing the annual DIWALI celebration at the Pentagon, DC

Sept 29, 2016 - SAMFSN was invited and participated in the CFC Charity Fair at Missile Defense Agency (MDA) at Fort Belvoir, VA

June 1, 2016 - Dr. Russel S. Lowe joins SAMFSN as an advisor. Dr. Lowe has 35 years of military service. He has completed a doctoral dissertation focused on the challenges faced by military veterans, returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, as they transition into civil society

May 5, 2016 - SAMFSN participated in AAPI event at Washington Navy Yard, D.C

April 17, 2016 - SAMFSN conducted event to Honor Veterans and First Responders at Greater Baltimore Temple (GBT), Finksburg, MD

April 15, 2016 - SAMFSN got approved for CFCNCA ( Combined Federal Campaign National Capital Area) for FY 2016. SAMFSN CFC ID is 86806.

Jan 1, 2016 - New Board team for FY16 takes over. New board members consist of Dr R.K. Bhat, Rev Justin Oseterman, Mr. B. Dave and TYPUSA ( Youth organization represented on the board)

2015 - Completed Events - Refer to Events section for more details

December 12 , 2015 - Wreaths for America - SAMFSN participated in this event at the Baltimore National Cemetery

November 2015: Veterans Day Celebrations


November 19, 2015: DIWALI celebration at the Pentagon


November 15, 2015: First DIWALI, Cedar Lane UU Church, Bethesda, MD


November 12, 2015: First DIWALI at Fort Meade, MD


July 22, 2015: SAMFSN Online Forum - Resume Coaching


April 12, 2015: SAMFSN Online Forum - Basic Facts About Hinduism

Civilan Transition Services

All civilian transition services offered by SAMFSN team is FREE and open to all military personnel, civilians and veterans.

SAMFSN is offering the following transition Services to any active duty or civilian from any U.S military division. Our services can be provided in person or by online web and phone conferencing. Personnel deployed overseas can also contact us. We will setup the date and session time based on mutual convenience. Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details of  your profile and what specific help you need.

1) A custom 1 hour tutorial on USAJobs. This tutorial will quickly help you get familiar with USAJobs.gov and get you upto speed to apply for federal jobs.

2) One hour Resume Writing tutorial - This will help you write up an effective resume. We have talented resume coaches who can give you the help and guidance you need. This can be a custom online session if required.

3) If you need help or information on any specific industry or just need help to get a wider circulation of your resume

4) Personal Mentoring Assistance - SAMFSN has access to experienced individuals who can give you mentoring assistance. Our mentors can also review your resume and give critical feedback. Details are below

The following committed and experienced individuals have kindly volunteered to mentor any active duty or civilian from the military. If you need help from any of the following mentors please write a brief email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a note giving your profile details what mentoring help you need. You can also mention the specific individual whose help you want The assigned mentor will call you and arrange a phone conference or personal meeting based on mutual convenience.

LTC Ravi Chaudhary ( Retd )

Courtesy of FAA

Lt. Col. Ravi Chaudhary is a former Air Force officer, having completed 21 years of service at the Air Force District of Washington, Andrews AFB, Maryland. He is a C-17 Pilot and has completed a variety of command, operational, engineering, and senior staff assignments in the Air Force. He has also served at the Pentagon as a Speechwriter and Strategic Planner in the Secretary of the Air Force Executive Action Group and Deputy Chief of Staff for Air Force Strategic Plans and Programs.

On May 6, 2014, Chaudhary was appointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In this role, he advises the President on executive branch efforts to improve economic and community development, public and private sector collaboration, health, education and veterans support for the AAPI community.

http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/arc/key_officials/chaudhary/

Dr. Russel S. Lowe

Dr. Lowe is currently assigned to the U.S. Navy. Dr. Lowe officially retired from the United States Air Force on 1 October 2014 after 35 years of military service. He has received numerous awards. He has been deployed for 3 long tours to the middle east since 2001. Dr. Lowe is a 2000 graduate of the USDA’s Executive Potential Program and has an Associate Degree from the Community College of the Air Force, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Vocational and Industrial Education from Norfolk State University, a Master of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from National Louis University and a Doctorate in Adult Education from National Louis University. He is also a Professor with the Thomas Jennings Open Learning Village at http://www.openlearningvillage.net .  Dr. Lowe’s doctoral dissertation focused on the challenges faced by military veterans, returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, as they transition into civil society. To read more about his research use the following link: http://digitalcommons.nl.edu/diss/149/

 MAJ Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi

Courtesy of PRI

Major Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi has always had a strong passion and desire to serve his country, as he was raised in a family with three generations of military service before him. Through the Health Professions Scholarship Program, Major Kalsi was able to attend medical school with the promise of being able to serve in the U.S. Army as soon as he finished. He began as a First Lieutenant in 2001. He then did his rotations by serving in military hospitals at West Point and Travis Air Force Base. In July 2010, he completed his Officer Basic Training.

Soon after, in January 2011, he deployed to Afghanistan for the first time as Officer-in-Chief of a tented Emergency Room in Helmand province. He also served as the Chief of Disaster Medicine for the entire Forward Operating Base. During his tour in Afghanistan, Major Kalsi personally treated over 750 combat casualties and local nationals who suffered from IED blasts, gunshot wounds, and other emergent conditions. He also successfully resuscitated back to life two patients who were clinically dead on arrival. Most recently, Major Kalsi testified to end the ban on Sikhs in the military in front of the Commission on Civil Rights. 

http://sikhcoalition.org/military-campaign/major-kalsi

MAJ Tejdeep Singh Rattan

Major Tejdeep Singh Rattan, a 31-year-old dentist, graduated Monday at Fort Sam Houston after the Army made an exemption to a uniform policy that has effectively prevented Sikhs from enlisting since 1984. Major Tejdeep Singh Rattan emigrated from India to New York as a teenager, and always wanted to serve in the military as a way to thank the United States for the opportunities it has given him. In March 2010, Major Rattan graduated from Officer Basic Training at Fort Sam Houston, making him the the first Sikh soldier to do so in decades. After graduating, he completed his residency at Fort Bragg.

He began his service in 2010 as an Army dentist at Fort Drum, but was deployed to Afghanistan in March 2011 through October 2011, where he served in the southern part of the country, most notably at the Forward Operating Base. In recognition of  Major Rattan’s superior service to the United States in Afghanistan, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the NATO Medal.

Following his return from deployment in Afghanistan, Major Rattan has been stationed at Fort Drum-NY, and Fort Bragg-NC. Currently he is serving in California army reserves.

http://sikhcoalition.org/military-campaign/captain-rattan

Image- https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1d/CaptRattansikh.jpg

Chaplain CPT Pratima Dham ( Retd )

Captain Pratima Dharm, served as the first ever Hindu Chaplain in the US Army. She has served five years in the US army, has been deployed in Iraq and gone wherever her soldiers have gone. While they have safeguarded the country, she has safeguarded their souls, offering them spiritual strength in tough situations. She was awarded the Bronze Star for running ten humanitarian aid missions in Iraq for the Iraqi people, especially the Kurdish population.

http://www.lassiwithlavina.com/features/people/meet-the-us-armys-first-hindu-chaplain/html