For the first time in more than 30 years, the U.S. military has allowed an enlisted Sikh soldier to maintain his religiously mandated turban, beard and hair while serving in the Army.

A team of lawyers in the Washington, D.C., office of McDermott Will & Emery, and attorneys at the Sikh Coalition, a community-based organization, on Wednesday successfully secured the religious right for Simran Preet Singh Lamba.