First Sikh And Muslim Padres

Posted on December 17, 2018

They both graduated at RAF College Cranwell on Thursday, after completing their reservist officer training.

Flight Lieutenant Mandeep Kaur, the first Sikh padre, grew up in the Punjab region of India and was chosen to be a chaplain when she was studying for her engineering doctorate in the UK.

The first Muslim padre, Flight Lieutenant Ali Omar, was born in Mombasa, Kenya. He studied a masters degree in translation studies at Portsmouth University. After that, he received a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Oxford Brooks in 2004.

Both will now be tasked with providing spiritual and welfare support to soldiers, airmen and women, and their families. That might involve deployments aboard ships, going out on patrols or living on the frontline, to be on hand for when personnel need them.

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