PETALING JAYA: It was a proud moment for Muhammad Salihin Mohd Sabri who became among a handful of Malaysians to graduate from the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
“These words I'll never forget.
"Class of 2021, dismissed!” Muhammad posted on his Instagram on Sunday (June 6) with a photograph of him cheering while holding a Malaysian flag during his graduation ceremony.
“Man, it is still hard to believe it sometimes.
“But a new journey awaits.
“Royal Malaysian Air Force, I'm looking forward to serve!” he added.
The 23-year-old student from the National Defence University of Malaysia became the fourth Malaysian to graduate from the US Air Force Academy.
He gave special thanks to his family and friends who had helped him in his journey including paying tribute to his mother who had passed away.
“‘How I wish you could be there in person with me.
“I love you all so much.
“Mum, I hope you are doing well up in heaven and I hope that I made you proud, ” he said.
The pilot said that it has been his ambition to fly since he was eight and hoped to become a leader one day to contribute to the nation.
The US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur extended its congratulations to Muhammad Salihin on his graduation.
In 2017, Muhammad Salihin and three other Malaysians were given the honour to study at prestigious US military colleges after getting ahead of thousands of applicants worldwide.
The other three were M. Sayniish Pillay and Malaysian Royal Military College (RMC) graduates Ahmad Yusuf Ahmad Azani and Wan Kamal Fitri Wan Kamal Baharein, all aged 19.
Sayniish and Wan Kamal were accepted into the United States Military Academy, also known as West Point, while Ahmad Yusuf was accepted into the US Naval Academy in Maryland.