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Muktsar-Born Girl Joins Australian Air Force; Follows In Her Mother’s Footsteps

Manjeet & Khushroop are first mum-daughter duo at RAAF.

Khushroop too followed in the footsteps of her mother and joined the Cyber warfare wing of the RAAF. (Photo: India Ahead News)

Chandigarh: “Dreams aren’t what you see in sleep, it is the thing that doesn’t let you sleep,” this adage is what kept the mother and daughter duo of Manjeet Kaur and Khushroop Kaur, who hails from the backwaters of Muktsar in Punjab, focused on their aim.

20-year-old Khushroop Kaur who graduated from Mata Gujari Public School in Muktsar started dreaming about joining the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) first when her mother Manjit Kaur joined the Royal Australian Air Force RAAF in 2013.

Gur Sahib Singh’s sister Manjit and her husband migrated to Australia in 2009. In 2013, the couple became permanent residents and then she began her quest to join the RAAF. Soon, she became an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). She is working in the medical wing at the Darwin airbase of the RAAF.

In May 2022, Khushroop too followed in the footsteps of her mother and joined the Cyber warfare wing of the RAAF.

Mother and daughter duo of Manjeet Kaur(R) and Khushroop Kaur (L). (Photo: India Ahead News)

“I am so proud of my niece,” said Gur Sahib Singh, Khushroop’s maternal uncle from Muktsar. “I remember when she was born in 2002, I was distributing sweets when the doctor walked up to me and congratulated and said, that must have been a boy. I corrected him, no that’s a girl. He along with others gave me that ugly stare. Back then, it was an unusual practice to distribute kaaju ki barfi after a girl was born,” Gur Sahib said. “On her achievement, I am reminded of that day and how she has made all of us proud,” he smiled.

Khushroop’s maternal grandmother too was elated. “My daughter was very ambitious. After her marriage and after having become a mother, she joined a very professional force. It is not easy. We didn’t even know the importance of the feat. And now my granddaughter also following in the footsteps of her mother is a thing of delight for us all.”

Gur Sahib said, “Come to think of it, to make it from Satiyewala village our ancestral village in Ferozepur to joining the RAAF is a big feat. Here villagers can’t even comprehend what it means.” Now Khushroop will undergo training at RAAF’s Wagga base in Sydney.

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