U.S. Air Force allows Indian-origin Man Dharshan Shah to wear Tilak

Shah grew up with his parents and two elder sisters in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. However, he was raised by his grandparents in Gujarat when he was two years-old and stayed with them for a couple of years.

U.S. Air Force allows Indian-origin Man Dharshan Shah to wear Tilak
Senior Airman Darshan Shah, an aerospace medical technician assigned to the 90th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron, poses while wearing a Tilak Chandlo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Charles Munoz)

Dharshan Shah, an Aviator in the US Air Force posted at the FE Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming has been granted a waiver to wear a Tilak Chandlo while in military uniform.

Shah had been seeking the waiver since joining Basic Military Training in June, 2020. He was finally given authorization to wear the Tilak on Feb. 22, 2022, after his consistent request over the past two years to the Superintendent of Personal Programs at the Air Force Global Strike Command.