As Malaysians, we have plenty to be proud of our own country. And that comes as to no surprise, given our internationally renowned food culture, in addition to the rich smorgasbord of intermingling cultures and heritage that we all share regardless of gender, race, or creed. What’s more, our own local countrymen have also proven that we have what it takes to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the rest of the globe, whether it be in sports, entertainment, academics, or other fields.
In which case, Malaysia can add yet more feathers to its proverbial cap after it was recently announced by the U.S Embassy of Malaysia that two Malaysian youths have just graduated from the United States Navy Academy and United States Air Force Academy as part of the class of 2022!
First Malaysian woman to join the U.S Naval Academy
Ms Janushaa Bala Krishnan Muthiah, who previously held the distinction of being the first ever Malaysian woman to gain admission into a U.S service academy, will now also bear the historic achievement of being the first ever Malaysian woman to graduate from the U.S Naval Academy as part of its 2022 graduating class.
Janushaa, who was previously an engineering student attached to the National Defence University (UPNM), had been pursuing a degree in aerospace engineering with the U.S Naval Academy, and is expected to take on a career as a fighter jet pilot. She was one of 15 candidates handpicked from over 150 countries selected to join the USNA.
Royal Military College (RMC) student graduates from U.S Air Force Academy
But the good news doesn’t just stop there! Mr Putra Nadeem Damanhuri Bin Ahmad Damanhuri, who was selected to join the United States Air Force Academy, has also graduated as part of the 2022 graduating year. Just like Janushaa, Putra gained admission into the United States Air Force Academy in 2018 to pursue a degree in Astraunatical Engineering, and will similarly be embarking on a professional career as a fighter pilot with the Royal Malaysian Air Force.
We would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to both Janushaa and Putra, and wish them nothing but the best on their future endeavours ahead!