Two Indian-Americans, who are siblings, have created a sort of record. Suveer Singh Shekhawat and his sister Pragya Shekhawat have made their way to the US Air Force as officers.
While Suveer is a fighter pilot and holds the rank of a Captain in the US Air Force, his sister Pragya was commissioned as a Lieutenant on September 19.
The siblings are Rajputs from Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan and in the true tradition of Rajputs, they have joined the army.
Pragya commissioned in US Air Force in a low-key ceremony
In the US, Pragya was commissioned as an officer on September 19. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the commissioning ceremony was kept low key. However, during the ceremony, her 91-year-old grandmother Ichraj Kunwar, her father Dushyant Singh Shekhawat and her mother Archana Kunwar were present. Her brother was also present with his American wife Ashlyn.
Born in India, migrated to US
The father, Dushyant Singh Shekhawat hails from Gudha Gaurji Tehsil’s Jakhal village. Before migrating to the US, he was a chemistry teacher in the Rajasthan government. He quit his job, pursued his dreams and went to the US to study chemical engineering.
He is now working as a scientist, whereas his wife is a teacher. The couple’s children were born in India. However, they migrated later and started living in Morgan Town in West Virginia where Dushyant works.
Siblings regularly visit India
Suveer and Pragya regularly visit India and they love their ancestral village. Suveer has funded the robotic training of the village schoolboys. There was jubilation in the village when the news of Pragya getting commission was unearthed by the villagers.
The son Suveer enrolled in the US Air Force in 2015 and started learning flying. He was the inspiration behind Pragya to join the US Air Force. She was selected for the Air Force after a strenuous selection process and was made an officer.
Pragya’s uncle Basant Singh Shekhawat said she had come to India three years ago.
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