UK Royal Air Force gets first Muslim, Sikh Chaplains
London: For the first time in the history of the British Air Force, a Sikh and a Muslim cleric have joined the Royal Air Force Chaplain’s Branch. Kenya-born Flight Lieutenant, Ali Omar becomes the first Muslim chaplain while Flight Lieutenant Mandeep Kaur, who grew up in Punjab was chosen to be the first Sikh chaplain.
Both Ali Omar and Kaur completed their reservist officer training and graduated at Royal Air Force (RAF) College Cranwell to be part of the British forces. Kaur was selected as a chaplain while studying for her engineering doctorate in the UK. Whereas Omar completed a masters degree at Portsmouth University in translation studies.